Kurt Rambis, who was Pau Gasol’s assistant coach last year in LA, said Pau looks tired and worn down from the Celtics’ physical, relentless defense. (Pro Basketball Talk via Sports Radio Interviews via KFAN)
I told him in Orlando after we won that championship that he was the biggest reason why we won that championship because he learned that lesson. He started that way against the Celtics, but… it just looks to me like he is tired. He still has that aggressive mindset, but just physically he cannot absorb the punishment that the Celtics are putting out.
Do you remember the Pau Gasol we saw in Game 1 — the dominating, bruising, skilled, seven-foot tall power forward who smacked Boston’s interior defense around like they were little children? Yeah, me neither. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him have a big game tonight, though. The man is damn good.