Kobe Bryant Points Finger at Gasol in OKC Thunder Loss

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By: Mikey Fresh / May 21, 2012

After a tough loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kobe Bryant opened up about where the Lakers went wrong in a post-game press conference. While he didn’t solely blame his teammates, Black Mamba seemed to be a bit disappointed in Pau Gasol’s performance

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“Pau’s got to be more assertive,” Bryant said. “He’s the guy they’re leaving [open]. When he’s catching the ball, he’s looking to pass. He’s got to be aggressive. He’s got to shoot the ball or drive the ball to the basket. He will be next game.”

Bryant thought Gasol didn’t attack enough when Serge Ibaka left him to help Perkins.

“He’s looking to swing the ball too much,” Bryant said. “He’s got to take his shot.”

That was the case on the game’s most critical possession. After a steal by Steve Blake, Gasol tried to pass to Metta World Peace only to have Durant knock the ball away with 33.9 seconds left. Durant followed with the 3-pointer.

“Just a bad read on Pau’s part,” Bryant said.

“It’s one play, one mistake,” Gasol said. “There were a lot of mistakes in that fourth quarter, a lot of mistakes throughout the game. So, obviously, if I could have gone back, maybe I could have shot it and I would have. It’s one play, obviously, at a critical time, but I don’t feel like we lost the game because of one turnover.”