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Pau Gasol: Spanish for "efficient"

September 19, 2009 |  7:19 pm

Pen is to write as Pau Gasol is to:

a) directing art house documentary shorts.
b) making canoes out of recycled two-liter Fresca bottles.
c) kicking EuroBasket ass and taking names.

Pau Gasol vs. Greece

I'm going with C. And I think most of the European basketball community would agree, after Gasol dropped 18/6 on Greece in only 21 minutes, leading Spain to an 82-64 win. Pau and the gang now advance to the tourney final, where they'll face Serbia. It was just another in a very strong run of games for Gasol, who scored 28 points in Spain's previous game against France. To say he's is on a bit of a run would be an understatement. Gasol was 5-7 from the floor against the Greeks, meaning in Spain's last four games, Pau is 32-39. That's an 82% mark in the shooting department.

That, for those of you new to the game, is good. 

Gasol didn't play all that well when Spain met Serbia earlier in the tourney, which (in conjunction with that whole "it's for the championship" thing) will likely motivate him to play well in the final. Which would be totally fine with many/most Lakers fans, who would love to see Gasol win a little hardware. Mostly, though, they want to make sure he can use his left index finger to indicate "We're #1!" without any pain.


Ed. Note: There will be no nitpicking over the analogy. Thank you.

(Photo: Peter Andrews, Reuters)