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Seldom-used veterans Marc Gasol and Wesley Matthews play pivotal roles in Lakers win

Marc Gasol referenced a task from the film “Pulp Fiction” as a supply of motivation for serving to the Lakers when referred to as upon in opposition to the Denver Nuggets. Wesley Matthews referenced his religion.

The 2 sage veterans got here to the Lakers to play a task that at occasions is just sitting on the bench and selecting up DNPs (didn’t play).

On Monday night time at Staples Middle, the short-handed Lakers referred to as upon Gasol and Matthews, who delivered in a 93-89 victory.

Gasol contributed 10 factors, seven rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot, and was a plus-17 within the plus-minus division.

Matthews had eight factors on three-for-three from the sphere, together with making each of his three-pointers.

Gasol had stated he was not conscious of Kyle Kuzma lobbying for the backup heart to get extra enjoying time after Sunday night time’s loss to Toronto. However Gasol did let Kuzma know he appreciated how his teammate seemed out for him.

‘And I instructed him, ‘I’m advantageous on that Mr. Wolf position.’ You simply are available each time issues aren’t going nice and sort of assist everybody,” Gasol stated. “So, I accepted it. I’ll attempt to do as finest as attainable at that position.”

Harvey Keitel performed the position of “Mr. Wolf,” the fixer in a position to care for the boneheaded errors of Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) in “Pulp Fiction.”

“I’m right here to assist,” Mr. Wolf tells the 2 within the film. “If my assist will not be appreciated, plenty of luck, gents.”

The Lakers wanted Gasol’s assistance on many ranges.

They wanted him when beginning heart Andre Drummond acquired into foul bother. The Lakers wanted Gasol to assist comprise Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets’ gifted heart and front-runner for the NBA’s most useful participant award, who completed with 32 factors, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.

However Gasol did his half to restrict Jokic simply sufficient to assist the Lakers pull out the win.

Despite the fact that he was strong together with his protection and three-for-four taking pictures from three-point vary, Gasol didn’t wish to speak about himself.

“I believe now we have to begin considering extra as a workforce, as an alternative of mentioning guys,” Gasol stated. “It’s extra who we’re as a workforce and who we’re going to be. Everybody tied to 1 one other no matter your state of affairs. You play zero minutes, you play 20 minutes, the workforce success is everybody’s success.

“So, if you go on the market, you attempt to do as finest as attainable to assist the workforce, as a result of when you assist the workforce, extra occasions than not, we’re going to win numerous video games. So, I believe now we have to sort of neglect in regards to the gamers and conditions and particular person guys and really feel extra as an entire of who we’re going to be as a workforce shifting ahead.”

Gasol’s level was taken.

Nonetheless, there was a second within the fourth quarter when Gasol and Matthews performed pivotal roles within the Lakers opening a 14-point lead.

Gasol grabbed a rebound and threw a length-of-the-court go to a streaking Matthews for a layup.

Then Gasol made a three-pointer, adopted by a Matthews three, a Gasol blocked shot on Jokic and one other Matthews three that gave the Lakers an 83-69 lead.

“Marc was wonderful. The entire workforce was,” Matthews stated “I can’t communicate for Marc. However for myself, my buddies, my household, God, trusting, believing in your self, trusting the work that you just put in and simply staying prepared. That’s a part of it.

“Like I stated, basketball, it’s similar to life, it’s unpredictable. You don’t know what could or could not occur, however you bought to be ready for it. You bought to proceed to go on. You’ll be able to both go on with it or it goes on with out you.”

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