Marc Gasol, at age 32, redefined his game last season. After shooting a combined 12-for-66 on three pointers for his career, the big man went 104-for-268 (38.8 percent) from long range last season en route to a career-high 19.5 points per game. He also became a larger part of running the offense, dishing a career-high 4.6 assists across 34.2 minutes per game. While he countered that with a career-low 6.3 boards per game, Gasol had a great year by all intents and purposes, earning the third All-Star nod of his nine-year career. The 7-foot-1 veteran also managed to post two triple-doubles, most notably dropping 28 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and two blocks against the Pelicans in a double-overtime thriller. Looking ahead to the 2017-18 campaign, the Grizzlies lost veteran big man Zach Randolph to the Kings over the summer, creating somewhat of a void in the frontcourt. Randolph played a high-usage sixth-man role off the pine for Memphis - a role that seemingly no one else in the team's frontcourt can emulate, except Gasol. While Gasol is far from a sixth-man, Memphis may be more reliant on his talents than ever in the frontcourt during this upcoming season. As a result, all signs point to Gasol having another high-impact campaign, and it would be shocking if he didn't produce relatively as well as last season.
Gasol posted 17 points (6-12 FG, 0-1 3PT, 5-5 FT), seven assists and five rebounds across 41 minutes during a 116-103 loss to the Spurs on Tuesday. Gasol scored less than 20 points for the third time in five games so far in the series as he attempted 12 field goal attempts for the second consecutive outing. The seven assists marked a team high and his best total of the series so far. With the team facing a must-win situation now, it wouldn't be surprising to see Gasol get a bit more aggressive on the offensive end.
Gasol provided 16 points (5-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists and one block across 46 minutes Saturday in a 110-108 overtime win over the Spurs in Game 4 of the series. Gasol didn't have a particularly noteworthy night from the field and committed seven turnovers, but he converted the most important bucket of the game, knocking down a floating jumper with less than one second remaining in overtime to help the Grizzlies even the series at 2-2. Mike Conley has been the clear alpha dog for the Grizzlies during the past three games, but Gasol has still been a decent contributor, chipping in 16.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 three-pointer per contest during that stretch.
Gasol pitched in with 21 points (8-14 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one block over 36 minutes during Thursday's 105-94 win over the Spurs in Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round playoffs. Gasol followed up a 32-point explosion in Game 1 with a 12-point dud over 39 minutes on Monday, so Thursday's effort represented a welcome resurgence for the veteran big man. After going just 4-for-15 from the field in Game 2, his 57.1 percent success rate Thursday marked his second game of the series with well over 50 percent shooting, and he also hauled in six boards for the second straight contest. Outside of outliers like Game 2, Gasol should remain highly productive during the Grizzlies' postseason run.
Gasol finished with 32 points (11-18 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 7-7 FT), five rebounds, two assists and two blocks across 34 minutes during Saturday's 111-82 loss to the Spurs. Gasol knocked down all of his attempts from beyond the arc and charity stripe on route to a career-playoff-high 32 points, though it wasn't enough to seal a victory. Despite his impressive scoring performance and solid two blocks, he only managed five rebounds and two assists, failing to stuff the stat sheet. That being said, the team only shot 39.2 percent from the field, turning many of Gasol's passes into bricks, while the Spurs shot 53.2 percent, giving him little opportunity to grab boards. The Grizzlies will look to play the Spurs more competitively next time out, giving Gasol more opportunities to have a well-balanced game.
Gasol produced 23 points (8-16 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, five assists, four blocks and two steals across 33 minutes during a 103-100 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday. Gasol was great in his second game back from the foot injury, with great contributions across the board. The team once again suggested that he would be on a minutes restriction, but he pretty much received his normal workload. The four blocks marked his highest total in a month. Gasol is back to All-Star form and should remain that way to close out the regular season.
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