The Conference Call West: April 22, 2008
Posted Apr 28 2008 2:01PM
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Kobe Bryant's 32 points isn't anything to chuckle at, but it was Pau Gasol that delivered team-highs in points, rebounds AND assists for the Lakers in their Game 1 win over the Nuggets. Pau has been to the playoffs before, but, as Lakers.com reports, this year has a much different meaning.
"With the Grizzlies, through the years that I've been there, it's always been rebuilding, it's been youth, it's been uncertainty, it's been a lot of changes so that doesn't give you any stability or consistency to get to the goals that the Lakers organization has," said Gasol. "We were a good team, a solid team, we had really good regular seasons, but we were inexperienced as far as the playoff level and we paid that price."
Gasol and the entire Lakers squad looked anything but inexperienced in Game 1. Gasol ran the floor with ease and attacked the rim time after time with thunderous jams. Lamar Odom was running the floor with the Spaniard, getting the ball to Pau, and saw something that bodes well for the Lakers in this round and going forward.
"Pau is so versatile, he just opens the game up," Odom said. "He was past good, he was amazing."
Gasol knows the mentality of his new team (he has averaged almost 19 points and eight rebounds since coming to L.A. from Memphis in a mid-season trade) is a focus and drive to win it all, and that's just the way he wants it.
"Winning a championship always been one of my goals and I was hoping before this trade happened, that one day before my career ended that I would have this opportunity," said Gasol. "It came at this time and it is definitely something I want to take advantage of."
36, 15 and 8: So far taking advantage of it has not been a problem.
While you Were Awake?
You better not have been sleeping, as Utah and Houston went at it on Monday night. The Jazz extended their lead to 2-0 in the series.
Back Almost to the Wall
Watch news conferences of Rick Adelman and Tracy McGrady after Monday night's Game 2 defeat.
The Big Easy Story
The Hornets took care of business in Game 1 of their first round series with Mavericks, and Hornets.com has all the storylines you'll need to follow for their opening matchup.
One of the Best
Both teams took care of business in this one, it's just the clock ran out on Phoenix. Suns.com takes a look at what was one of the best Game 1's in NBA history.
The Winner Writes the History
Spurs.com has their take on that emotional and brilliant opening game with Phoenix.
Handicapping the Field
Chris Avis on Grizzlies.com takes a look at both the Eastern and Western Conference Playoff fields, and takes his best guess at who is going all the way.
One Shinning Moment?
The Blazers say thank you to the fans for a great season, and have individual players talk about what their favorite moment was.
King For a year
Kings.com caught up with Francisco Garcia and got his thoughts on his play this season.
Season Wrap Up
No, not for me just yet, but Kevin McHale answered questions for the media for the last time this Season.