Reader Steve (the brother of gatinho) has ruined watching Memphis for me â€” he pointed out Pau Gasol now looks like Serpico.
Now, every time I look at Gasol I think of a 1970s Al Pacino. Iâ€™ve added Serpico to my Netflix list. Heâ€™s ruined Gasol for me.
And Gasol is getting lots of pub because the Grizzlies are doing well (13-7) and he is their best player. Last game against the Lakers he scored 20, pulled down 10 boards and had 4 blocks to lead the Grizzlies to the win.
But hereâ€™s a little something to look for â€” see if the announcers say, â€œGasol is having his best season as a pro.â€ In one respect he is, he is averaging 18.4 points and 9 rebounds per game (up from 17.8 and 7.3 last season). However, the reason Gasolâ€™s per game numbers are up is he is playing almost 5.5 minutes more per game â€” heâ€™s not doing anything else as well (except for growing facial hair). His shooting percentage has dropped from 51.4% to 46.8% (eFG%). Last season he had a true shooting percentage of 58.2% (basically points per shot attempt, so it includes free throws), this season it has fallen to 51.8%.
If you want to know a lot more about the Grizzlies, check out the piece I posted today over at CourtsideTimes.net.
But know this â€” the Grizzlies are the second best defensive team in the league so far this season and when they beat the Lakers earlier this season LA shot just 37.7% as a team. The Laker offense has been a lot better of late, but this will be a stiff test (especially for Kwame, who looked good in Dallas but was 3 of 14 in the last Memphis game).
The thing is, after that win in Dallas, donâ€™t you think the Lakers could win any game right now? Isn’t that the fun part of being a fan?