Marc Gasol gets creative with soccer-style putback

The Blazers were one of the higher volume 3-point shooting teams during the regular season. While they ranked 10th in 3-point attempts per game, they finished eighth in 3-pointers made and were tied with the Clippers in terms of success rate. Lillard and McCollum were the obvious leaders in that category having combined for 5.2 made 3-pointers per game.

There’s just one problem: Golden State defends the 3-point line better than any other team in the NBA. Opponents shot 35.4 percent from the perimeter in general against the Cheap Flag Football Jerseys Warriors during the regular season, but that number dropped to 32.3 percent on contested 3-pointers. The only teams that came close to posting a similar differential during the regular season were the Celtics (-2.4), Spurs (-1.4) and Heat (-1.4). With their combination of length, speed and versatility, the Warriors can easily swarm dynamic playmakers in the pick-and-roll and recover in time to prevent wide open 3-pointers on kickouts.

Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol exhibited that mentality perfectly in Monday’s Memphis-San Antonio NBA playoff matchup.

With time ticking down in the second quarter, Gasol casually headed a dead ball through the hoop following a whistle.

The poise, the textbook form, it all comes together for Gasol from the paint. It’s not the first time he has attempted this, either.

The Spurs, meanwhile, should be given a red card for the beatdown they’re giving the Cheap Football Jerseys From China Grizzlies; they held a 56-37 lead heading into the third quarter. They came into the game leading the best-of-seven series one game to none.

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