Pau Gasol’s All-Star Media Session

With the Lakers losing three consecutive games heading into the All-Star break, several of the questions to both Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol had to do with the perceived struggles of the Lakers.

Both Bryant and Gasol, however, both said that they remained fully confident, saying that the Lakers felt they’d be able to return to the championship level that’s come out at varying points of this regular season and certainly during the past two playoff runs.

Gasol’s response to a question about what was wrong with the Lakers went as follows: “It’s hard to say. I’m not exactly sure why we lose certain games the way we lose them, but we have to make sure we find that focus and that discipline and play to our level of talent, because right now it seems like we are underachieving a little bit.”

He then explained why he thinks his team will be able to turn it on when they need to: “It’s happened before, even during the season, we’ve had runs where we’re struggling and runs where we turn it on and we’re the team that everyone expects us to be, or we expect ourselves to be. I hope that during these last (25) games of the year we turn it up and we get to the level that we need to be in order to be successful.”

Gasol will be making his third straight and fourth overall appearance as a Western Conference All-Star in Sunday’s contest.