Pau a big hit

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

Pau Gasol’s performance this season is starting to go from all-star worthy to first team All-NBA-esque.

Gasol’s latest standout game came at the expense of Golden State on the weekend. The Spaniard shot 10-for-10 from the field and made all eight of his free throws, while also gobbling up nine rebounds, blocking four shots and dishing out five assists in Los Angeles’ 28-point win.

With Gasol leading the way, the 12-2 Lakers are near the top of the league in rebounding and field goal percentage and are scoring more than 10 points a night more than their opponents.

His dominance is allowing Kobe Bryant to play less of a role in the offence and less minutes in general, which surely will help the two-time defending champs when the playoffs roll around.

With centre Andrew Bynum due back in about a month the question now is, do the Lakers even need him?

Gasol will have to adapt to a move back to the power forward spot when Bynum returns. It is hard to see the position suiting him as well as full-time employment at centre has.


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