Gasol posted 17 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 7-8 FT), eight rebounds and two assists across 31 minutes during the Raptors' 106-105 loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday. Gasol was undeniably effective when out on the floor, but foul trouble prevented him from an even bigger night. The veteran big man has alternated single- and double-digit scoring efforts throughout the first five games of the series, and he now has a pair of 17-point tallies over his last three games. Gasol will look to hit double digits in the scoring column in consecutive postseason contests for the first time since Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Thursday's potentially series-clinching Game 6.
Gasol finished with 17 points (6-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds and four assists across 26 minutes during the Raptors' 123-109 win over the Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday. Gasol was one of several Raptors to bounce back from poor Game 2 efforts, with the big man equaling his second-highest scoring tally of the postseason. The 34-year-old has seen his offensive usage and accuracy fluctuate significantly throughout the playoffs, so it remains to be seen if he'll be able to follow up with a second consecutive productive effort in Friday's Game 4.
Gasol totaled 20 points (6-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 6-6 FT), seven rebounds, two steals, one assist, and one block in 30 minutes during Thursday's 118-109 victory over Golden State. Gasol was limited by foul trouble Thursday but still managed to put in a dominant performance as the Raptors held serve, winning Game 1 of the NBA Finals. He has started to round into form at the right time and certainly provides a solid anchor for the Raptors defense. Despite not being the player he was only a couple of seasons ago, Gasol has been crucial for the Raptors and should continue to find himself on the floor more than Serge Ibaka in what is a somewhat favorable matchup.
Gasol amassed 16 points (5-10 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds, seven assists, five blocks, and one steal in 45 minutes during Sunday's 118-112 victory over Milwaukee. Gasol was excellent for the Raptors during their Game 3 victory, putting in his best performance of the playoffs thus far. After a rough night on 48 hours prior, Gasol certainly appeared more focused on both ends of the floor, finally getting his eye in from the perimeter nailing four triples. He also blocked five shots to round out a great night for the veteran, helping the Raptors to an important victory. Serge Ibaka was limited to just 14 minutes in the double-overtime thriller, an indication of how well Gasol was playing. He will look to replicate these numbers when the Raptors host the Bucks in Game 4 of the series Tuesday.
Gasol had just two points (1-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist, and one block in 19 minutes during Friday's 125-103 loss to the Bucks. Gasol was dreadful during Friday's blowout loss in Game of the Eastern Conference Finals, coming away with just two points on 1-of-9 shooting. It was a frustrating night for the veteran as he struggled to find any rhythm, continuing his questionable production of late. Gasol was not brought in especially for his scoring ability but certainly needs to be better than this if the Raptors are to make this a competitive series. He will look to bounce back in Game 3 at home, a game that is basically now a must-win for the Raptors.
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