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Pau Gasol locked down by Hornets

Updated: April 21, 2011, 6:08 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Pau Gasol had to smile when he was asked to explain his performance so far in the playoffs.

What else could he do?

He had spent the better part of two days listening to teammates, coaches and talking heads criticize his abysmal performance in Game 1 against the New Orleans Hornets, when he scored just eight points, two above his season low, on 2-for-9 shooting with six rebounds.

There was simply no way one of the most skilled big men in basketball was going ...

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