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 registered 34 points (8-16 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 16-17 FT), 14 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal in 36 minutes during Saturday's 111-101 win over the Warriors. Gasol was dominant despite the fact that he committed seven turnovers, delivering a masterpiece of a performance to help the Grizzlies top the defending champions. It's clear that this team will rely heavily on Mike Conley and Gasol, the latter of which could find himself in the MVP conversation if Memphis wins enough games to make the playoffs in a stacked Western Conference.
Gasol recorded 19 points (5-11, 2-4 3Pt, 7-7 FT), 10 rebounds and eight assists across 22 minutes in Friday's 142-101 blowout victory over the Pelicans. Gasol led the team along with Mike Conley in minutes played, but the 22 minutes is still a far cry from what he will be playing when the regular season tips off Wednesday against the same Pelicans' squad. Gasol appears ready to roll though in advance of Wednesday, flirting with a triple-double in a limited amount of court time Friday night against two of the best bigs in the league in Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.
Gasol collected 12 points (5-13 FG, 2-2 FT), four assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block across 24 minutes in Wednesday's 101-89 preseason loss to the Rockets. Gasol was playing in just his second preseason contest after being held out with an ankle injury previously. The 10-year veteran was sharper with his shot than during his Monday debut versus the Hawks, when he'd gone just 2-for-9 from the field. However, he was lot less active on the boards, seeing his rebounds drop from 13 to four. Looking ahead to the regular season, Gasol should once again serve as a focal point of the offense alongside Mike Conley, although a return to full health and effectiveness by Chandler Parsons could reduce some of the center's overall production.
Gasol (ankle) will play Monday against Atlanta, Michael Wallace of Grizzlies.com reports. Gasol has been held out of preseason action to date, but after going through a full shootaround Monday morning, he's been cleared to make his debut. The All-Star will likely be limited after battling a minor ankle sprain for the past several days.
Gasol is officially listed as questionable for Monday's preseason game against the Hawks. It was reported on Thursday that Gasol would play in Monday's contest, but it looks like the team isn't ready to make that official. The expectation is still that the All-Star center will make his preseason debut Monday, but he could possibly be limited if he is still feeling some lingering effects of the injury.
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