Heading into the matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, the Los Angeles Lakers were facing their first challenge without Kobe Bryant and a severe lack of depth in the backcourt. Despite the injuries to the majority of their backcourt players, the Lakers prevailed and Pau Gasol credited unselfishness for the win in the locker room after the game:
"Ball movement. Trying to get everybody involved, and trying to make the right plays. It came from the unselfishness of getting everybody involved, moving the ball, and keeping their defense on their toes."
The Lakers may have committed 19 turnovers as a team, Gasol leading the way with seven, but the squad played solid team basketball throughout the entire game. Even though the news about Bryant's injury was a major blow to this team, Gasol and company didn't seem to be affected as they played much better than expected with Xavier Henry running the point.
Gasol had arguably his best performance of the season thus far with 21 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists to go along with two blocks. The Spaniard has had an up-and-down season this year, but he seems to be reclaiming his All-Star form playing alongside promising young players like Wesley Johnson, Nick Young and Henry.
Following the win over the Timberwolves, the Lakers will hop on a plane and head for the Bay Area to take on the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.
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