Grizzlies forward Marc Gasol is rewarded for running the floor with sweet fastbreak dunk.
The Memphis Grizzlies were playing the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors at home in Memphis. The Grizzlies entered the game having already clinched a playoff spot and led the Houston Rockets by 1.5 games while holding that same 1.5 game margin for the second seed in the Western Conference.
Needless to say, then, this matchup is very important for the Grizzlies. Their power forward, Marc Gasol, set to be a free agent this summer, displayed the kind of effort needed to defeat the league’s best team on this play.
Gasol beat potential NBA defensive player of the year Andrew Bogut down the floor to receive the pass from point guard Mike Conley, who caught an outlet pass on the wing and immediately found Gasol.
In addition to Bogut being beat down the floor by the 30-year-old big man, Andre Iguodala–generally an exemplary defender–got caught watching the ball instead of stopping the ball and/or getting a hand in the passing lane.
It was an atypical defensive lapse by the league’s best defensive team. Conley ranks 18th in the NBA in assists, averaging 5.3 assists per contest. Gasol, meanwhile, was averaging a career best 17.8 points per game entering Friday night’s action.
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