After scoring a game-high 36 points, pulling down 16 rebounds and dishing out eight assists, center Pau Gasol undoubtedly enters Game 2 against the Nuggets tomorrow with a huge target on his back.
“They will cut off from the second defender a little better,” said Gasol. “When Marcus (Camby) left me, most of the time they didn’t cut off that second man. That second man helper didn’t get there on those rotations to me. I guess they will try to allow us to shoot more from the outside and not get in the lane as easy as we did. You’d rather give up open long shots than layups and dunks.”
Looking ahead to Game 2, Gasol said that he plans to approach the game as he does any other–with intensity and aggressiveness.
“I don’t go into a game having a certain plan,” said Gasol. “I’m going to make reads just like I always do on defense and on offense and take advantage of what they give us.”
With the win in Game 1, the Spanish star finally put an end to his 0-12 career playoff record–a welcome change for Pau. Still, Gasol said that his mindset entering tomorrow night’s battle remains the same.
“I don’t usually or pretty much ever think about the past,” said Gasol. “Maybe I go over it sometimes just to appreciate the present, but that’s about it. I’m in a different situation, a different scenario and just about everything about it is different so I’ll definitely approach it as a game that we definitely need to take and after the game, make sure we’re 2-0 and not 1-1.”