Gasol finished with 14 points (6-11 FG, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, four assists and one steal across 23 minutes in Wednesday's 95-89 preseason win over the Magic. There was some confusion heading into the game whether or not Gasol would even play in the contest, but he retained his starting spot at center and submitted his best performance to date in a Spurs uniform. The assist production was especially good to see from Gasol, and his passing skills and ability to knock down jumpers should make him an ideal fit on the offensive end alongside LaMarcus Aldridge. Gasol has his limitations as a defender, however, so coach Gregg Popovich could turn to backup center DeWayne Dedmon more often when the Spurs are opposing a talented back-to-the-basket big man.
Gasol compiled five points (1-4 FG, 3-3 FT), three assists, two boards and one steal across 23 minutes in Saturday's 102-91 preseason win over the Hawks. Gasol's team debut was a rather muted one, but he did showcase his usual aptitude as a passer, with the three assists tying for the team lead. Since he's not expected to play major minutes in the preseason, it could be difficult to get an early read of Gasol's fantasy value, but it's generally expected that he'll see his numbers dip across the board by virtue of joining a far more talented supporting cast than he had in Chicago.
Gasol will not play in Monday's preseason opener versus the Suns. Coach Gregg Popovich is resting a bunch of his veteran players, which includes the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green and Tony Parker. Dewayne Dedmon will likely start at center in his place and could see extensive action throughout the preseason if Gasol continues to get games off. Gasol's next opportunity to play is a matchup with the Hawks on Saturday.
Gasol (calf) was cleared to play in Spain's semifinal matchup Friday against the United States in the Summer Olympics, International basketball writer David Pick reports. Gasol was dealing with a calf injury heading into Friday's matchup, but it looks as if the the injury isn't going to hamper the forward's ability to play. Barring a setback, Gasol should, for now, be seen as healthy with the NBA season still a couple months away.
Gasol is dealing with a calf injury and could sit out Friday's semifinal matchup with the USA, Nick Moyle of the San Antonio Express-News reports. It's unclear when the injury originated, but Gasol dealt with it during Spain's quarterfinal victory over France and continues to feel some lingering pain. He's currently been given a questionable tag heading into Friday, so we'll likely see his status updated sometime around warmups.
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