May 22, 2019, 12:12 amMarc Gasol - C - 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 Gasol - C - 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 Gasol - C - 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 Gasol - C - 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 Gasol - C - 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 Gasol - C - 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 Gasol - C - 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 Gasol - C - 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.
April 29, 2019, 11:25 pmMarc Gasol - C - Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol missed five of his six shots on Monday vs. the Sixers and he ended up with just five points, seven rebounds, five assists, a block and a trey in 35 minutes.
Gasol played some effective defense on Joel Embiid once again, but Toronto sure could've used a few more of his shots to drop tonight. Danny Green had a similar night, shooting just 1-for-8 for three points, four rebounds, two steals, one block and one triple in his 32 minutes. Better days are ahead for both starters, hopefully starting on Thursday for the Raptors' sake.
April 27, 2019, 10:06 pmMarc Gasol - C - Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol shot 3-for-8 from the field for eight points with two boards, four assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Sixers on Saturday.
It's no secret that Joel Embiid's rough night was a direct result of Gasol being on the court. Known as a lock-down defender despite his age creeping up, Gasol has been containing Embiid in their last five matchups and that continued in today's Game 1 win over the Sixers. The Raptors need every bit of his influence on the defensive end if they are to eliminate the Sixers.
April 23, 2019, 9:42 pmMarc Gasol - C - Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol shot 2-for-5 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line for nine points with nine boards, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes for a 115-96 win over the Magic on Tuesday.
While it doesn't show up in the box score, Gasol has been a lock-down defender in the playoffs. He is playing with a lot of veteran grit in a role that seems to suit him very well. Gasol isn't asked to shoulder the load on offense as he had to do in Memphis, so he is focused on a very specific task, to play big and be a presence. He is doing just that.
April 16, 2019, 11:13 pmMarc Gasol - C - Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol shot 3-for-5 from the field for nine points with three boards, five assists, four steals and three 3-pointers in 22 minutes against the Magic in Game 2.
Once again, Gasol slowed down Nikola Vucevic (6-for-21 FGs, 17 points combined in Games 1-2) with gritty play on the defensive end. The savvy vet also spaced the floor, making all three of his field goals from beyond the arc. The Raptors travel to Orlando for Game 3 on Friday.
April 13, 2019, 8:22 pmMarc Gasol - C - Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol started for the Raptors on Saturday vs the Magic and finished with 13 points, six rebounds, four assists and two 3s in 32 minutes.
Gasol was able to keep Nikola Vucevic in check despite not registering any defensive categories tonight so that's encouraging for the Raptors as they move forward. He was also efficient with his shot tonight with 5-of-9 shooting but wasn't enough to nab a win over the Magic.
April 9, 2019, 11:24 pmMarc Gasol - C - Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol checked in with nine points, six rebounds, an assist, a steal and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Wolves on Tuesday.
Gasol finished the season with top-50 per-game value and top-35 total value, but he saw a notable decline in his output after being traded. The 16.3 percent usage he posted as a Raptor is the lowest mark he's posted in any year of his career, and he simply doesn't need to dominate touches to make the Toronto offense hum with his basketball IQ. While his season averages of 13.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.1 blocks and 1.2 triples in 30.9 mpg are fine and dandy, Gasol only averaged 9.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks and 0.8 triples in 25.0 mpg with the Raptors. From his Raptors debut onward, he was only a top-95 player. Just something to keep in mind if Kawhi re-signs and the Raptors get to run this back.