Pau Gasol searching for his Black Swan

Updated: May 5, 2011, 9:51 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Is the complete and utter absence of Pau Gasol's "Black Swan" side this postseason causing the Lakers to sing their swan song as the defending champions and fast-tracking the end of their three-peat bid?

It sure looked that way Wednesday, with Gasol mustering just 13 points (only one more than Jose Barea) and 10 rebounds in the Lakers' shocking 93-81 Game 2 loss to the Dallas Mavericks to put them in an 0-2 hole in their Western Conference semifinals series.

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