HoopsHype Pau Gasol rumors
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose and big man Pau Gasol will not play against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night. Rose has a strained left hamstring, while Gasol is suffering from a strained left calf. "[They're] just not ready," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said before Thursday's shootaround. ESPN.com
Jovan Buha: Pau Gasol is out with a left calf strain, according to Thibs. #Bulls Twitter @jovanbuha
The chart above shows the top 10 most frequent rim protectors in the league (by field goal attempts per game against them at the rim), sorted by the field goal percentage they allow. Towards the left means they allow a worse field goal percentage (which is good), towards the top means they defend more attempts per game. Scroll over the player’s name to see his numbers. You can see Pau Gasol at the top left of the chart, which is exactly where you’d want to be: Gasol defends a ton of attempts at the rim per game, and holds teams to under 43 percent shooting — well below the league average at the rim of 54.8 percent. The Brooklyn Game
Joe Cowley: Gasol - "Obviously he’s concerned about his long-term health, which we all are in a way, but we’re in a business, we’re in a sport where that’s what’s at stake and that’s a commitment that we make, and a price that we pay.'' Gasol on Rose.' Twitter @suntimes_hoops
Alex Kennedy: Kobe Bryant on Anthony Davis: "He's an athletic Pau Gasol... He can be one of the greatest PFs who has ever played." (via @Bill Oram) Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA
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