Gasol will draw a spot start on Friday against the Timberwolves, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reports. With DeMar DeRozan a late scratch, Gasol will be inserted into the starting five alongside LaMarcus Aldridge. In three starts this season, Gasol has averaged 1.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 block in 13.7 minutes.
Gasol will come off the bench in Wednesday's game against the Mavericks, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports. With Rudy Gay (wrist) active after a five-game absence, the Spurs will go back to their smaller starting lineup, which means Gasol will head back to the bench. Gasol should still play his regular limited dose of minutes Wednesday.
Gasol had two points (1-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and six rebounds in 14 minutes during Saturday's 122-112 loss to the Thunder. Gasol drew a second straight start. However, he managed more points (seven) and boards (12) off the bench during last Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies than he did in these last two starts combined. With plenty of competition for playing time, the 38-year-old veteran is an afterthought across most formats.
Gasol will start his second-straight game Saturday against the Thunder, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports. Gasol was held scoreless in 16 minutes during Friday's game against the Thunder, but will stay in the starting lineup for the second game of the back-to-back. In 13 games this year, the veteran center is averaging 5.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 15.9 minutes.
Gasol finished with three rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and one steal in 16 minutes during Thursday's 154-147 double overtime win over Thunder. Gasol didn't attempt a single shot attempt. He was originally ruled out of Thursday's matchup for rest purposes but ultimately took the court after all. Gasol is no longer the big-time scorer he was during his prime years, but he can still fill up a box score, albeit in a fairly limited role.
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