The Grizzlies visit New Orleans tonight. For whatever reason, we've played some awesome games with these guys over the years. The David West game winner, the over time game, the Jamal Mashburn fadeaway 18 footer from a few years ago. They've got the makings of a really nice young core- Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, O.J. Mayo. This team could really explode in a couple seasons. For now though, it should be a matchup we need to take care of. I talked to the fantastic Grizzlies blog 3 Shades of Blue to learn more about the team:
@tH: I watched O.J. Mayo a lot in college and felt like he undeservedly lost his "hype" as the season wore on. How would you rate his rookie campaign so far?
3SOB: Two completely different players. Other than their last name and shaggy makeovers, you wouldn't know they were related. Pau's game is built on finesse and scoring, as he grew up playing SF before making the transition to PF in the NBA. Marc is a traditional center who looks to play defense, rebound and do the dirty work before all else. Scoring is almost an afterthought for him on some nights. However, the younger Gasol does display the same deft passing touch that his older brother has been showcasing in Los Angeles since the infamous trade that took place last season. The most glaring difference between the two of them, which any Grizzlies' fan will happily point out, is their approach to contact. Pau avoids it at all costs, while Marc seems to relish in it. Marc draws more comparisons to Brad Miller than his sibling in conversations around Memphis.
Thanks a lot to 3SOB for the insight! You can check out my answers to their questions here. Good luck to both teams tonight.