Pau Gasol says he didn’t feel confident during Tuesday’s game

Portland guard Damian Lillard shoots between Lakers' Chris Kaman and Pau Gasol.
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Pau Gasol continued to feel symptoms of vertigo during Tuesday’s 124-112 loss to the Portland Trailblazers.

“I wasn’t confident out there, I wasn’t assertive,” said Gasol, who finished with nine points on four-for-nine shooting. “I didn’t feel confident enough to make aggressive moves or turns, because when I turned my head a couple of times, everything was still shaking. It’s a little bit of a process, unfortunately.”

Gasol said perhaps he shouldn’t have even played.

“Maybe it was a little too early because I really didn’t get any contact during practice and didn’t really go up and down,” Gasol said. “All we did was 5-on-0 and shooting, which is not really like a game. But I’m glad I got through it.”

Gasol said he will have to see how he feels Wednesday to determine whether he’ll play against Sacramento that evening.

To add to his queasiness, his idea of playing alongside Chris Kaman didn’t exactly work out, as the two bigs combined for only 10 rebounds in 57 minutes.


“It’s hard, because as players we’re very alike,” Gasol said. “So the spacing gets affected, and then the team is not used to playing with two interior players that are also like that pick-and-pop kind of game, so we’re kinda sometimes in the way of each other. It will take some time to get used to being more effective and efficient out there.”
Time is of the essence, with only eight games remaining in the team’s season.


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