I’ve been wondering what to make of Pau’s play this series. There are plenty of people that throw the “s” word around with him and that is the obvious place to start with his recent play.
I don’t think it’s that.
When people throw the “s” word around with Pau it is generally referring to Pau’s play from a physical standpoint. But he’s banging around, he’s trying to push Landry down low but that is not Pau’s game. That’s not his style.
If Pau is being “s”, it’s mentally, not physically.
Pau’s a smart dude. Dude could be a doctor if he wanted, but he’s not playing like one of the smartest and most skilled big-men in the NBA. He’s playing into Landry’s hands. He’s playing Landry’s game.
The problem is not Pau being “s”, it’s comfort.
Pau just doesn’t look comfortable out there at the moment. He’s not able to take the ball in the post, pivot, square up against the defender and either drive past him or hit the mid-range jump shot. He’s not getting the time needed to let his skills take over.
Pau needs to stop backing Landry as if he has the ass the size of Charles Barkley. He doesn’t.
He needs to stop playing Landry’s game and get Landry to play his. And it is up to the Laker coaching staff to find a way to create more space for Pau that allows him to use his biggest asset, his skills. I hope to see more iso plays for Pau in Game 5, letting the triangle take a break to let Pau do his thing.
I don’t know if Pau is going to find his footing in the next few games or even this playoff season. I hope he does.
Because if he doesn’t I am going to be one ticked-off and disappointed Laker fan.
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