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Pau Gasol passes up his chance

Updated: May 20, 2012, 4:59 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The criticism was familiar. Too passive, too unselfish, too focused on making the correct "basketball play" and not on imposing his will on the game when it matters most.

LeBron James deferring on another critical late-game shot? Try the Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol passing up an open 14-foot jumper at the end of the Lakers' 103-100 meltdown against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.

Kobe Bryant said it loud and clear.

"Pau's got to be more assertive," ...

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