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June 26, 2019, 5:02 pmMarc GasolC, Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol has exercised his $25.6 million player option for next season and will remain with the Raptors.
Gasol seemed unlikely to test the open market at his age, and given the success of the core of Toronto's roster it's a good fit for him to stay with a competitive team as well. It's been speculated that Toronto's other players will decide to stay or go based on Kawhi Leonard's decision, so if you really want to read into this then you can take that angle — though between his age and the number of available centers, this seemed like a safe bet either way. Gasol made a lot of sacrifices upon joining the Raptors and finished the year with a top-100 stretch, but we'll need to wait on Kawhi before declaring Gasol a late-middle round option or an early-round guy once again.
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June 11, 2019, 12:45 amMarc GasolC, Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol was quite efficient in Game 5 on Monday as he hit 4-of-6 from the floor (2-of-3 from deep) and 7-of-8 from the line on his way to 17 points, eight rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes.
Gasol started off hot, scoring 10 of the Raptors first 23 points. After averaging fewer than nine points in each of the last three rounds, Gasol is near 14 in the Finals. His defense and passing have also been valuable parts of this Raptors playoff run.
June 6, 2019, 12:04 amMarc GasolC, Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol played well in 22 minutes in a Game 3 victory on Wednesday as he put up 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
He shot 6-of-11 from the field and 1-of-4 from 3-point territory. Gasol found himself in foul trouble as he ended the game with four fouls, but he played well in his minutes. He did a great job guarding DeMarcus Cousins, who had a horrible game in his 19 minutes on the floor. The Raptors brought a balanced attack that allowed them to overpower Steph Curry and gain a 2-1 advantage in the series.
May 31, 2019, 12:06 amMarc GasolC, Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol scored 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds, an assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in Thursday's Game 1 against the Warriors.
Gasol actually took the ball down low on mismatches against Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry and converted on some shots around the rim. His passing is still excellent and the Warriors aren't running him off the floor so there's a lot of positives to draw from Gasol's Game 1. The Warriors are sending doubles on Kawhi Leonard which puts Gasol at a role similar to Draymond Green on offense for the Raptors and so far he's excelling.
May 26, 2019, 12:48 amMarc GasolC, Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol scored six points, all from behind the arc, in Saturday's Game 6 win, adding three rebounds, two assists and a block/steal in 26 minutes.
Gasol continues to do what the Raptors ask of him though the years of grinding in the paint for Memphis are long gone. He has adjusted his game play and now acts as a facilitator for the rest of the team. Gasol continues to split time in the post with Serge Ibaka (25 minutes, nine points) and will see his minutes fluctuate based on the Raptor's offensive scheme heading into the NBA Finals.
May 22, 2019, 12:12 amMarc GasolC, Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol had a great all-around performance with 17 points (6-of-11 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), five rebounds, seven assists, one steal, two blocks, three treys, zero turnovers and some excellent defense over 31 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Bucks.
Gasol looked great out there, making life in the lane tough for Giannis Antetokounmpo and causing Bucks turnovers on the perimeter. That's two straight quality performances from Gasol after two duds to begin the series. We'll see if he can keep it up as the Raptors return to Milwaukee on Thursday night.
May 19, 2019, 10:37 pmMarc GasolC, Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol put up 16 points with 12 rebounds and five blocks in a Game 3 win over the Bucks in double overtime on Sunday.
He added seven assists and one steal to the box score in his 45 minutes of action. He shot 5-of-10 from the field and 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. This was Gasol's first good game of the series and the Raptors won, so it is safe to say that he can be considered an X-factor for them. The Raptors have a chance to even up the series in Game 4 on Tuesday night.
May 17, 2019, 11:20 pmMarc GasolC, Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol had another terrible showing in a Game 2 blowout loss to the Bucks on Friday as he had just two points on 1-of-9 shooting.
He was only on the court for 19 minutes since this game was out of reach since about halftime, but he was not playing well even when he was on the court. He grabbed five rebounds, but turned the ball over twice and missed both of his attempts from 3-point territory. The only positive that can be drawn from his game is that Brook Lopez did not play well, so he stepped up on the defensive end. Gasol will have to step up as the series heads to Toronto if they want to make this a winnable series.
May 15, 2019, 11:13 pmMarc GasolC, Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol put up six points with 12 rebounds and five assists on 2-of-11 shooting as the Raptors lost to the Bucks in Game 1 on Wednesday.
Gasol did not play well in this one on either end of the floor as Brook Lopez lit the Raptors up for 29 points. He will need to step his game up and become the player that the Raptors traded for. He added two blocks to the stat sheet, but his overall performance was lackluster. He has been quiet for the entirety of his time with the Raptors, so it is tough to see him turning things around and becoming the player that he was on the Grizzlies. However, his defensive impact in the playoffs has been significant; this is evident in his positive plus-minus in losing efforts such as this one where he had a plus-1. If he can bounce back and improve for Game 2, the Raptors could steal a game on the road before they head back to Toronto.
May 9, 2019, 10:53 pmMarc GasolC, Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol was mostly quiet in Thursday's loss to the Sixers, and he finished with seven points, four assists, a steal and two blocks in 36 minutes.
Gasol doesn't need to score for the Raptors to win but he does need to get his first bucket before the fourth quarter. He missed a wide-open three that could've cut the deficit to six, but the shot rattled away and the Sixers quickly padded their lead and never looked back. Danny Green also had a rough night, going 2-of-8 from the field. The Raptors will need their complementary players to hit some shots in Game 7, as the one time that's happened all series resulted in a comfortable win.
May 7, 2019, 10:30 pmMarc GasolC, Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting with five rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in Tuesday's Game 5 against the Sixers.
Gasol is getting more touches, which is good for all parties involved as coach Nurse tries to get him more involved on offense. His trigger finger from deep is helping keep defenses spread which enables Kawhi Leonard to operate with more room and in turn opens up the floor for everyone else.
May 5, 2019, 6:26 pmMarc GasolC, Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol came through with 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in Sunday's Game 4 victory.
Gasol caught some heat for putting up a quiet line in Game 3, and the onus was on he and Kyle Lowry to provide more support to Kawhi Leonard. Both players certainly did that today, and the performance becomes more impressive with Pascal Siakam hobbled and largely ineffective. Gasol hit a big 3-pointer to knot the game at 84 when it looked like the Sixers might pull away and did a good job contending with Joel Embiid down low despite playing on the edge of foul trouble. He was much less shy about scoring today and the Raptors will need more of that mentality as this series becomes a best-of-3.
May 2, 2019, 11:10 pmMarc GasolC, Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol played another sleepy game in Game 3 on Thursday, with just seven points (2-of-6 shooting), six rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 29 minutes.
The defensive numbers were good but Gasol just hasn't sparked the Raptors on the offensive side so far in these playoffs. For the Raptors to assert themselves, it seems like Gasol will have to at least match some of what Joel Embiid will impose on the other end of floor.
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