Gasol: ‘Just need a tweak here and there’
In the end, it was one loss in a season in which the condensed schedule makes losses to bad teams like the Pistons tolerable. If the Lakers close out this trip with wins in Washington and Minnesota, it will likely be forgotten.
But this close to the trade deadline, with (Mitch) Kupchak already pondering whether this team can win as constructed, win with a few minor tweaks or is in need of a major overhaul, it’s harder to move on to the next one so easily.
“The team is doing well. We’re winning, we’re moving on, and now people are starting to talk that we don’t need a major trade,” (Pau) Gasol said after shootaround on Tuesday. “We just need a tweak here and there. Or a piece that can make us better for later.
“That’s what you hear because we’re winning. But if we would’ve lost three of the last six games instead of winning them, then you’d hear, ‘They definitely need a major trade.’ So, anyways…
“I guess March 15 is closer. I know it’s coming. It’s only, what? Nine days. So no matter what, in nine days, we’ll have an answer no matter what. That’s the good thing. Hopefully after that we can put everything behind us.”