Dfter 10 games with Barcelona, ??five in the Endesa League and as many in the Euroleague, Pau Gasol is picking up pace. The pivot, who had not played for more than two years, has been one of the Barça team’s best in the last three games, in which he has averaged 11.6 points and a PIR of 18 in 17.6 minutes of play.
Pau had 16 points, eight rebounds and a PIR of 19 in Barça’s hard-working win in Andorra. Against Zenit, in the decisive fifth game of his quarter-series in the Euroleague, he finished with seven points, three rebounds, three assists and four blocks, leading his team in valuation with 16 credits. And in the victory suffered against Monbus Obradoiro he was also the most valued with 19, thanks to his 12 points and three rebounds.
The progression of the pivot is great news for Barcelona. “Every time I see him better. Every day he contributes more”, celebrated Sarunas Jasikevicius after the match against the Galician team. And the satisfaction of the Barça coach is also shared in the Spanish Basketball Federation, where they do not take their eyes off Pau before the possibility that he can play the Tokyo Games.
“I think he will be at the Games,” commented this week Jorge Garbajosa, his former teammate in the national team and now president of the FEB. “We all have the dream of seeing him this summer with the national team, but we must not be frivolous or pressure him. We must let him continue helping his club and hopefully later he can be with us,” he said optimistically.
Gasol’s physical condition and his performance in upcoming games will be decisive in making a decision about his presence in Tokyo. The Endesa League playoffs are just around the corner and the big test may be the Final Four, to be held in Cologne between May 28 and 30. The pivot has never won the Euroleague and has it between eyebrows. Just like the Games.
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