Pau Gasol will play on Tuesday amongst criticism

12/31/13 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

Dec 23, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) sits on the bench during a timeout in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center.  The Suns won 117-90. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY SportsPau Gasol has been a hot topic for people in LA media after he chose not to play in Sunday’s home game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The center had been fighting an upper respiratory infection and already missed games for it this season. In fact, he’s missed three of the Lakers’ last five losses.

However, the big man is expected back for Tuesday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. About making the call not to play in their previous game, Gasol said:

"I mean I could of. I tried and it crossed my mind, but I just get very exhausted and winded when I get my cardio up. So, I just didn't want to have any setbacks and prolong this thing more than it has to. So, I wanted to badly because it was a game that we needed to win. Unfortunately, I wouldn't been of much use."

Unfortunately for Gasol, it’s not just this, but his overall lackadaisical play this season that has Lakers fans riled up. They’ve seen him at his best, and know that this is nowhere close to that.

When Kobe Bryant was playing, he had a few games where the Black Mamba could help him rally, but that shouldn’t even be necessary. It will be interesting to see how he plays on Tuesday because Gasol has never been a player who can separate his emotions from his game.

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