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They'll miss Pau Gasol, who's grown more assertive and tougher to defend every year. He's improved his leadership, he's more effective at drawing double teams and getting the ball to shooters, and he no longer has as many of those stretches when he lets up on defense or is slow getting back in transition.... With Gasol out, they're going to need more scoring from Jake Tsakalidis, who came on strong at the end of the season.... Mike Miller became one of the toughest matchups in the league last year. He can post up a little, and he shot the ball better than ever. If you guarded him close, he could drive by you either way, and he also made plays with his passing.... Rudy Gay has All-Star potential, but he can be in and out of games without ever leaving the court. If they commit to running, it's going to work to his advantage.... There's a misconception that Mike Fratello can't or won't play up-tempo--how can everyone forget his high-scoring Atlanta teams in the 1980s? A bigger question is whether his being in the last year of his contract will hurt him.