Like it or not, he played better than Dwight Howard and helped LA win championships.
Question: Should the Lakers retire #16 beside #8 and #24?
The Celtics handed the Spurs their 3rd straight loss
Defense Shut Down San Antonio
Kyrie Irving’s 24 Points
- Jayson Tatum- 11 rebounds
- Al Horford- 13 rebounds
We could see another Spurs-Warriors match-up come the West Finals
|Diaw of France drives against P. Gasol of Spain in Eurobasket. Photo credits to gettyimages (Javier Soriano)|
The San Antonio Spurs have traded Boris Diaw to the Utah Jazz for the rights of Olivier Hanlan, a canadian combo guard and the 42nd overall pick of the 2015 NBA draft. The Spurs reportedly made the move to clear cap space and sign Pau Gasol who agreed on terms with the team for two-year, $30 million deal.
Diaw played five seasons with the Spurs and won an NBA championship in 2014. He has career averages of 8.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in his 14 years in NBA so far. After being one of the go-to-guy off the bench for the Spurs, Diaw lost his minutes with the addition of David West and LaMarcus Aldridge last season.
Meanwhile the Spurs signed Gasol as insurance of Tim Duncan who is reportedly strongly leaning toward retirement. Gasol, at 35 years old, is still producing great stats after averaging 16.5 points, 11 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2 steals in 31.8 minutes per game last season.
Gasol will form the big three front court tandem with LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard.
Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons both got a positive result on the season opener, after winning games against Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks respectively.
Bulls beat Cavaliers in a close game, 97-95 in United Center, Chicago. It was a very tight game and many beautiful plays shown by both sides. Cavaliers performed really well, and played as a solid team, but unfortunately fell short, even though they dominated in second, third and fourth quarters. Bulls led the Cavaliers 26-17, but Cavaliers stepped up and actually led Bulls for the rest of the quarters, 23-20, 28-25 and 27-26.
Jimmy Butler was the hero on the game. His steal on the last seconds Cavaliers’ attempt through Lebron James that intended to catch a pass from Mo Williams inbound ball secured the victory for the home team.
A little surprise on the line-up for the Bulls; Nikola Mirotic starts over veteran Joakim Noah. And it turned out pretty well. Mirotic ended the game with 19 points, and 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. The hero Jimmy Butler added 18 points for the Bulls. Bulls’ superstar point guard, Derrick Rose playing with a protective mask after undergoing fractured orbital bone surgery. He scored 18 points and 5 dimes. Pau Gasol had a block party, 6 blocks under his name on this season opener.
Meanwhile, Lebron James noted 25 points for Cavaliers,with 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Mo Williams, started his second stint with Cavaliers well, with 19 points and 7 assists against the Bulls. Kevin Love added 18 points and newly signed forward, Richard Jefferson made 10 points.
Another scene from the game was that President Barack Obama attended last night’s game in United Center. From his tweet, he seems very happy that Bulls ended up victorious.
Meanwhile in Philips Arena, Atlanta, The Hawks hammered by Detroit Pistons 106-94. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the star for the Pistons, scoring 21 points and 4 rebounds. Pistons’ big man Andre Drummond was having a game as well, with 18 points and 19 (yes, nineteen) rebounds for the away team. Marcus Morris added 18 points and 10 rebounds.
For the home team, German point guard, Dennis Schroder led the team with 20 points, while forward Paul Millsap has 19 and Jeff Teague scored 18. Hawks looked struggling without DeMarre Carroll, who left the team for Raptors in free agency, offensively and defensively, and Kent Bazemore, who played to fill Carroll’s spot, scored none.
Pau Gasol had a double-double and Spain cruised past Lithuania 80-63 on Sunday to regain the European basketball championship title. Gasol led Spain with 25 points and tallied 12 rebounds and 3 block shots. While Jonas Valanciunas scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Lithuania.
A record crowd of 27,372 filled out Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille, France on Sunday night to championship game.
Earlier, France won the bronze over Serbia. Nando de Colo played a major role in helping France repay the faith in their fans who had been turning out in record numbers during the Final Phase, taking the lead for good midway through the second quarter so see off Serbia 81-68 and claim the third spot.
It was never in any doubt, but the EuroBasket 2015 MVP Award presented by Tissot was officially handed over to Pau Gasol after he lifted Spain to the gold medal against Lithuania on Sunday.
The 35-year-old Chicago Bulls star had produced one of the great tournament performances in Berlin and then Lille, averaging 25.6 points-per-game and 8.8 rebounds as he inspired a Spanish side missing several of its stars.
As well as going for 25 points and 12 rebounds in the final to win his third EuroBasket title, his campaign will be remembered for a 6-of-7 three-point shooting performance against Poland and an incredible 40-point showing in the semi-final against hosts and tournament favourites, France.
Pau Gasol led this year’s All-Star Five Presented by Tissot. Gasol was joined by teammate Sergio Rodriguez. The Real Madrid guard already had Olympic and FIBA Basketball World Cup medals to his name but EuroBasket gold had eluded him until now.
His club teammate Jonas Maciulis stood alongside him in the competition’s top five having provided some talismanic efforts to guide Lithuania to a second consecutive EuroBasket silver medal.
He averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and led the tournament in steals with 1.9 per-game, after scoring 34 points in the Round of 16 victory against Georgia and hitting the Group D game-winner against Estonia.
Lithuania center Jonas Valanciunas also earned his first All-Star Five Presented by Tissot selection after contributing 16 points and 8.4 rebounds per-game, despite suffering with illness earlier in the competition.
France’s Nando De Colo completed the fantastic five after playing a starring role in the hosts’ run to the bronze medal.
Spain beats France in OT in EuroBasket 2015 semifinals, secures 5th straight Olympic appearance which is the longest streak in nation’s history.
Pau Gasol dominate the EuroBasket 2015 Semifinals as he carry his national team Spain with a overtime win over France 80-75.
Gasol scored 40 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Gasol came up big when Spain needed a basket in closing out minutes of the 4th quarter and in overtime.
Spain was leading 66-63 with 16 seconds to play in the 4th quarter when Nicolas Batum made a go ahead 3-pointer that forces the game in overtime.
In overtime, Spain was leading 78-75 with 15 seconds remaining in overtime when Victor Claver fouled Nicolas Batum shooting three.
Batum can force double overtime but misses all three free throws. Felipe Reyes secured the rebound and Spain the game with Gasol’s dunk to finish it 80-75. Gasol scored the last 8 crucial points for Spain to lead his team to EuroBasket 2015 Finals to face the winner of Lithuania and Serbia.
Batum lead the France squad with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Tony Parker scored 10 points and 6 assists.
Chicago Bulls All-Star Pau Gasol scored 27 points and teammate Nikola Mirotic added 18 to book Spain’s place in the semifinals with a 73-71 victory over Greece.
Spain guard Sergio Rodriguez contributed three points from free throws down the stretch as the two teams stayed close together throughout the match.
Previously undefeated in six games, Greece had 12 points and 17 rebounds from Giannis Antetokounmpo, who also had a pair of late turnovers.
Spain has never finished lower than fourth in the past eight Eurobasket tournaments and won the title in 2009 and 2011, before finishing third in 2013.
“We managed the tempo for most of the game,” Spain coach Sergio Scariolo said. “I am very pleased with how we came back”