The NBA put on a show in its first exhibition game in Africa on Saturday — starting with a dunk straight from the tip-off by Luc Mbah a Moute.
Gregg Popovich will coach Team Africa with captain Luol Deng, while brothers Pau and Marc Gasol will play for Team World in the NBA’s first game in Africa.
Mike Conley had 19 points and nine assists, Marc Gasol scored 18 points and the Memphis Grizzlies edged the Los Angeles Lakers 109-106 on Friday night.
With another dreadful season in the making, Laker fans area already looking forward to the draft and free-agency. The free-agent class of 2015 is not as great in years past, but do have at least 10 great players before the drop-off. If the Lakes decide not to bring back Jeremy Lin, Jordan Hill (team option) and Ed Davis, they will have around $25 million to use in free agent market. The position they lack the most has been in the center and point guard positions. Teams are walking to basket with no big-man presence. Players like DeAndre and Rajon Rondo would be a great acquisition to help their defense which is LAST in the league. Most of the players listed in the top 5 below will depend how well the teams do in the playoffs.
Marc Gasol had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 107-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night.
The Los Angeles Lakers almost had enough 3-point shooting down the stretch to overtake the Grizzlies.
Zach Randolph had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies held on for a 102-96 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.
Zach Randolph had 26 points and 15 rebounds against his former team, and the Memphis Grizzlies overcame the first-quarter ejection of shooting guard Tony Allen to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 106-102 on Monday night in a rematch of their first-round playoff series.
Zach Randolph scored 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 11 rebounds, Marc Gasol had 18 points, eight boards and eight assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies eked out an 89-86 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night for their first road victory of the season.
Laker forward Pau Gasol hosted a pep rally with local kids at the Los Angeles Boys and Girls club to help launch his new Gasol Foundation dedicated to empowering young people to live healthier lives. Pau encouraged kids to spend their summer engaging in healthy activities, while his brother Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies, held a similar event in Memphis. Each brother’s team will compete against each other, and at the end of the summer the losing coach will have to shave his beard.
Marc Gasol had 24 points and 13 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Clippers 104-83 Saturday to even their first-round series at 2-all.
Chris Paul led seven players in double figures with 23 points, Eric Bledsoe had 15 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 112-91 on Saturday while getting just one dunk in their playoff opener
Zach Randolph had 25 points and 19 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies ended Utah’s playoff hopes with an 86-70 victory over the Jazz on Wednesday.
Kobe Bryant had 24 points and nine assists, Pau Gasol added 19 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers stayed in the final playoff position in the Western Conference with an 86-84 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.
Marc Gasol scored 21 points, Tayshaun Prince added 18 and the surging Memphis Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Clippers 96-85 on Wednesday night for their 14th victory in 15 games.