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The Lakers might be struggling as a team, but Pau Gasol is ready for the playoffs

Updated: April 12, 2010, 12:31 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- When Derek Fisher's potential game-winning 3-pointer was blocked at the buzzer in Thursday's loss to the Nuggets, Phil Jackson opened his postgame news conference by sarcastically saying that he liked how the play was executed.

After Pau Gasol's 3-pointer hit long off the back rim at the end of the game to wrap up a disheartening 91-88 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, Jackson said, "It's exactly what I wanted," about the attempt, and he really meant it this ...

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