Friday , Jan , 27 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Gasol has carried the load for Memphis

(Sports Network) – Forward Pau Gasol has played like an All-Star this season
and has Memphis headed towards its third straight playoff berth. The Grizzlies
are 25-16 and trail the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs by seven games
in the Southwest Division.

Gasol leads the Grizzlies in scoring (19.3 ppg) and rebounding (9.0 rpg) this
season. He has also handed out 4.4 assists per game. The 6-11 forward, who is
playing in his fifth season in the league and has never appeared in an NBA
All-Star Game, has scored in double-digits in 37 of the Grizzlies’ 41 games
this season.

The 25-year-old Gasol has collected 15 double-doubles and has netted 20 or
more 20 times in the campaign. He is averaging 17.7 points and 6.8 rebounds in
his last 10 outings.

Memphis visits the red-hot Detroit Pistons on Friday at The Palace of Auburn
Hills. Detroit defeated Memphis earlier in the season and has won 10 of the
last 13 overall meetings. The Grizzlies have also lost five of six in the
Motor City, where they are just 2-7 all-time.

The Grizzlies enter Friday’s contest on a winning note after Gasol finished
with 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead Memphis to a 107-87
pounding of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday at the FedExForum.

Eddie Jones chipped in 22 points, including 10 straight in the fourth stanza,
and Mike Miller chipped in 18 points and seven rebounds for Memphis, which has
won two of their last three games after a four-game losing streak.

The Grizzlies, who will start a three-game homestand after Friday’s affair,
are 11-10 away from home this season. Memphis will host New Orleans/Oklahoma
City, Houston and Dallas on the upcoming stand.

Memphis is 7-2 when it scores 100 or more points this season.