Lakers battle through adversity, reach playoffs
APR 17, 2013 11:50p ET
Playoff promise fulfilled #ontothenext
“(With Kobe out), the ball is in my hands a lot more,” the four-time All Star said. “I’m just taking advantage of the opportunities and making plays.
“I love sharing the ball and I always try to make the right play out there. We have so many good shooters and weapons. It’s been good to see everyone step up. We’ve got a good flow going, and the defense is carry over to the offensive end.”
Gasol, in fact, thinks it's been the Lakers' focus on defense that has once again turned them into factors going into the playoffs.
“We have been playing very disciplined defense,” he said, “covering for each other whenever we can, and we have to carry that into the series with the Spurs. We still believe in each other very much and what we’re doing out there, and if we do the same against San Antonio, we’ll give ourselves a very good chance.
“Of course, it’s not going to be easy.”
Nothing has for this edition of the Los Angeles Lakers.