Is Pau Gasol finally settling in with the Spurs?

By Michael Rehome
Oct 29, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol (16) during player introductions before the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol (16) during player introductions before the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports /
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For Pau Gasol, his first three games with his new team did not go as planned as he totaled just 18 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the floor. Over his last four, he may have found his groove.

Coming into a new system there no doubt were going to be bumps in the road for Pau Gasol. We can sit here and make excuses for him in comparing the two systems and finding the difference between them.

Gasol’s first season with the Spurs as stated did not start off very promising. He opened up the season against the Golden State Warriors on national television. Gasol played just 18 minutes. He finished with two points on 1-of-4 shooting from the floor.

His second game was a bit better as he finished with seven points on 3-of-7 shooting. He did also grab six rebounds and had one block.

It would be his third game of the season against the New Orleans Pelicans that would be his best game of the season, thus far.

He would finish with nine points, eight rebounds and five assists in 21 minutes. During the win, Gasol looked more at ease then he did the first two games.

In the second of the back-to-back, Gasol would capitalize on his performance agains the Pelicans finishing with his first double-double of the season against the Miami Heat. Finishing with 20 points and 11 rebounds and shooting 50 percent from the floor (9-of-18), the Gasol that many were waiting anxiously to see finally had that game.

As it was good to see the Spurs winning and Gasol looking to be consistent, he and the team went on a skid of their next four games. In a loss against the Houston Rockets, Gasol finished with just two points.

Two days later, he did set a new season high with 21 points against the Detroit Pistons. To go along with this scoring output, he did manage to grab nine rebounds and dished out six assists. He also had two blocks.

That would be the start of a four game stretch that would be the best of his season thus far. On Wednesday night, Gasol, against the Sacramento Kings set a new season high with 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor. He also had nine rebounds and two blocks.

Over his last four games he is averaging 18 points, 8.25 rebounds, 4 assists and 1.75 blocks per game while shooting 53.4 percent from the floor (31-for-58) .

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On the season he is averaging 11.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

Spurs are 9-3 overall and 6-0 on the road. Hoping what Gasol has done over his last four games will continue.

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