Gasol recorded 19 points (8-16 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-8 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal across 34 minutes in Friday's 107-105 win over the Wizards. Gasol was back over 30 minutes after falling under that benchmark in his past three appearances, and unsurprisingly, he was able to turn in his most productive stat line of that stretch. The veteran center will still be at risk of seeing reduced playing time every now and then now that defensive-minded backup Dewayne Dedmon is healthy again, but Gasol still need to be owned in every fantasy format, despite the fact that he's delivering the worst numbers of his career. He's averaging 11.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 blocks in 26.1 minutes per game.
Gasol has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks for rest purposes, Eddie Sefko of Sports Day reports. The veteran big man has played in every game this season, but will draw his first night off to rest Wednesday. The move comes on the second night of a back-to-back for the Spurs. Gasol will presumably be ready to go for Friday's matchup with the Wizards.
Gasol was held without a point (0-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and had five rebounds, two assists and one block across 17 minutes in Wednesday's 109-103 loss to the Celtics. Gasol had been running hot while receiving 28 or more minutes in each of the Spurs' previous seven games, but after he struggled early, the Spaniard's usage was limited as coach Gregg Popovich turned the center spot over to LaMarcus Aldridge and David Lee. It's possible Popovich may have been simply looking to preserve Gasol with the team finishing off a back-to-back set Saturday against the Wizards, so there's a decent chance the veteran could see his playing time tick back up in that contest.
Gasol recorded 16 points (7-13 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes during Monday's 96-91 win over the Mavericks. Gasol might have benefited from a few extra touches with LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker sitting out for rest, but the veteran big man had already been in the midst of his best stretch of production of the season. With 28 or more minutes in six straight games, Gasol has seemed to fully earn the trust of coach Gregg Popovich, and is averaging 17.3 points (on 52.4% shooting), 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 blocks per game during that span. The Spurs may still look to get the 36-year-old some days off during future back-to-back sets, but for now, his value looks to have stabilized.
Gasol (neck) submitted a season-high 24 points (10-17 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-7 FT) to go with nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks across 31 minutes in Wednesday's 110-105 win over the Kings. Fantasy owners who stayed patient with Gasol after his weak start to the season are certainly reaping the benefits of late, as coach Gregg Popovich has shown a willingness to loosen the reins on the veteran. Since playing a season-low 13 minutes in a Nov. 9 loss to the Rockets, Gasol has topped the 30-minute mark in four straight games, averaging 18.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 blocks per contest while shooting 53.4 percent from the field during that stretch.
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