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Pau Gasol plays well in bench role

Updated: January 22, 2013, 2:21 PM ET
By Tom Carpenter, ESPN.com

The move arguably was an inevitability, so it really was no surprise to see Pau Gasol coming off the bench when the Los Angeles Lakers battled the Chicago Bulls on Monday. The team had lost eight of its past 10 games, and coach Mike D'Antoni is grasping at straws trying to find the right mix of players on the court.

"We got to go small," D'Antoni said. "That's just the way it is."

"Small" isn't a reference to height -- Gasol's replacement is 6-foot-10 ...

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