Do you see what I see? Freakin’ unbelievable.
Marc Gasol scored 38 points, tied for a career high, on 14 of 17 shooting in 37 minutes Wednesday night, leading the Grizzlies to a win against the Detroit Pistons. At the Palace of Auburn Hills, and on the second night of a back to back no less!
This beastly performance came on the heels of small slump for Gasol. In a loss at home against the Boston Celtics Tuesday night, Gasol recorded 24 points, shooting only eight of 22 from the field. Sunday night he was even worse, hitting only four out of 22 shots for four points in a loss at home to the Utah Jazz.
According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, head coach David Fizdale lit into, presumably, Gasol and Mike Conley after the Celtics game, the team’s third consecutive loss, saying, “Nobody wants to step up and lead this group now during this tough time. I'm going to keep demanding it and see who's going to rise to the challenge.”
Gasol responded in a BIG way, painting the floor green in Motown. So green that if you turned his shot chart upside down, it would resemble a rounded-off, top heavy Christmas tree (bear with me here, I know it’s a stretch).
Now there are a few red dots that, despite their denotation of a missed shot, do aesthetically enhance the Christmas feel of the shot chart. The fact that there are only three sparsely spread across the tree, though, makes them much more enjoyable to look at.
There could be a bit more symmetry, with green dots near the right block, but beggars can’t be choosers. It’s a beautiful tree in its own, very green way.