Inside the locker room

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Pau Gasol’s strained left hamstring: “Any time Pau has an injury we’re very concerned. Obviously, we thought the initial one (a strained right hamstring) in the preseason was very slight because there was no activity and there was no significant impression that he’d had a pull. So, obviously, it’s something we have to take seriously.”

Jackson on the significance of the Lakers’ rout of the Mavericks: “They had a game last night. It’s hard to judge. I think it’s their fourth consecutive road game. … Obviously, we’ll see them in eight or 10 days and we’ll find out what it’s like to play on their home court.”

Jordan Farmar on whether it was a case of the Lakers playing great or the Mavs playing poorly: “I think it had to be a little bit of both. We played pretty well. You could tell that they were tired from the night before (beating the Kings in Sacramento). It was over early. We just had to make sure we kept it up. We’ve gotten big leads before and let down and played lackadaisical, so it was good to see us play, for the most part, the whole night like that.”

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle: “It’s the first time all year we really didn’t put up the kind of fight we really needed t. That’s disappointing. Again, it’s on all of us: coaches, players, everybody. It’s on all of us. It’s very disappointing.”

Postgame notes:
–The Lakers’ 35-point win was their widest margin of victory this season.
–They set season highs for points (131) and shooting percentage (63.4 percent).
–Their reserves set a season high with 66 points.
–Kobe Bryant tied Patrick Ewing for 15th on the all-time scoring list (24,815 points).
–Jordan Farmar tied his career high with 24 points.
–Lamar Odom tied his season high with 15 rebounds.
–Sasha Vujacic tied his season high with 11 points.

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  • An injured hammy can nag you for the whole season and even the mighty Lakers cannot afford to lose a player of Gasol’s capabilities. He is a mismatch player that drives other teams nuts and he also provides great length. The Lakers need to let that hammy get better.