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Marc Gasol struggled through September 01, 2018 5:20 AM

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. Real Madrid Dani Carvajal Jersey . - Marc Gasol struggled through regulation and the first overtime before finally getting untracked.Gasol scored the first seven points of the second overtime, Zach Randolph had 27 points and 17 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies outlasted the Phoenix Suns 122-110 on Sunday night.Gasol was 2 of 10 from the field before the second overtime.The difference?The ball went in, Gasol said.Gasol finished with 12 points. Mike Conley added 25 points and eight assists and Courtney Lee had 18 points.While Gasol didnt elaborate on his play, others provided credit to the centre.Marc was huge, Conley said. Early on, it seemed like he wasnt as aggressive, and finally, it clicked. He wanted the ball.Isaiah Thomas led Phoenix with 20 points, but had a costly turnover trying to get the ball into the front court with the Suns leading late in the first overtime — one of seven turnovers for Thomas.The miscue led to a pair of free throws from Lee to tie it at 108, sending it into the second overtime where Memphis missed only one of seven shots compared to the Suns hitting only one of 11 shots.Markieff Morris added 17 points for Phoenix, while Alex Len had 14 points and 13 rebounds. P.J. Tucker, Eric Bledsoe and Marcus Morris had 11 points apiece.Bledsoe had a chance to win it in the first overtime, but his off-balance shot in the lane banged off the front of the rim at the buzzer.He went in with a little pump fake, but it looked like he slipped, and he couldnt get off a decent shot, Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said.Phoenix has lost two straight.The Grizzlies were without forward Tayshaun Prince and swingman Quincy Pondexter, awaiting the completion of a three-team trade. On Saturday night, a person familiar with the deal said the Grizzlies, Boston Celtics and New Orleans Pelicans have agreed on a five-player trade that would send forward Jeff Green from Boston to Memphis. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade hasnt been announced and formal approval by the NBA isnt expected until Monday.Prince would go from Memphis to Boston and Pondexter from Memphis to New Orleans.The Suns trailed by 16 in the second half and 14 early in the fourth quarter. Tuckers layup tied it 101 with 5.9 left in regulation. The Grizzlies begged for basket interference, saying Bledsoe pulled the net as the ball was bouncing on the rim.Bledsoes 3-pointer with 33.3 seconds left in the first overtime gave the Suns a 108-106 lead. The Suns stopped the Grizzlies on the next possession, but Thomas gave away the ball and Lee — fouled by Goran Dragic — made two free throws with 16.2 left. Bledsoe then missed at the buzzer, forcing the second extra period.TIP-INS:Suns: Phoenix has lost six straight in the series. ... Brandan Wright, obtained from the Celtics on Friday, made his first appearance for the Suns, entering the game in the first quarter. He finished with seven points, hitting three of four shots. ... The Suns are 0-4 in overtime this season.Grizzlies: Randolph made six of his first seven shots and had 18 points in the first half. He had his second straight double-double after missing nine games because of soreness in his right knee. ... Memphis last two opponents — Atlanta and New Orleans — were a combined 23 of 45 from 3-point range. The Suns were 8 of 35.FOUL PROBLEMSThe Suns found themselves in foul trouble in the second overtime. Goran Dragic fouled out in the first overtime on Thomas turnover. On the first play on the second overtime, Len fouled out on Gasols field goal. Then Markieff Morris was called for his sixth foul with just over 2 minutes left.SO LONG. FAREWELLEven though the trade is not official, Memphis players were not bashful about their feelings. It always affects you when a player gets traded or youve got rumour talk Randolph said. Its part of being human.UP NEXT:Suns: Host Cleveland on Tuesday night.Grizzlies: Visit Brooklyn on Wednesday night. Real Madrid Gareth Bale Jersey . Scotlands Greg Laidlaw made one of two penalty kicks and all three conversions, and Stuart Hogg added a try in the second half. "The most important thing to come out of the game is that we did not get scored against," Laidlaw said. Real Madrid Lucas Vazquez Jersey .Y. - Through three quarters, the Brooklyn Nets could not shake the NBAs worst team.So we will see the Heat in the Finals. Maybe they will beat San Antonio. Maybe they will lose to Oklahoma City. Whatever. No. Big. Deal. (crickets) Okay, Im trying to be all nonchalant but this is actually VERY PERSONAL. I am holding back years of torment and contempt. Bile in my throat. Bags under my eyes. Ancient pain in my heart. In 2010, I learned to hate LeBron James. I had not hated anyone in sports so much, ever. Not Harold Ballard, not Michael Vick, not Vince Carter. On July 7, 2010, I considered LeBron James to be an excellent player, living up to the incalculable hype, even if I didnt care for his chronic uncalled traveling violations or his cloying media personality. By July 8, I wanted him dead (figuratively, obviously). That was the night of Mr. Jamess infamous "Decision" to leave Cleveland, when he would gather his many talents and massive entourage, and partner with Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Pat Riley in South Beach, a notoriously undeserving sports town full of ray-soaked, disinterested seat-fillers. Courtesy: CelebBuzz Let me be clear. I was not a Cleveland Cavaliers fan and had, in fact, driven quickly most times I passed through Ohio. I was, and still am, a staunch Baltimore Ravens supporter, about as natural an enemy to a Cleveland sports fan as there is. But on that Thursday night, I drank from a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame collectors tumbler. On that night, I became an ardent fan of something I to this day refer to as “Team 29”. That is, any team playing LeBron. I had been a basketball nomad ever since the previous low point of my fandom: February 24, 1994, the day my beloved Atlanta Hawks traded my childhood wallpaper, Dominique Wilkins, to the Los Angeles Clippers. I still shudder at the memory. When the Toronto Basketball Club chose to name itself the "Raptors" instead of a self-respecting choice like "Towers" or "Huskies", I could never entirely settle in with my newly formed local. But, on that fateful day in 2010, I was granted asylum. I finally had a home. Team 29. Whoever was playing LeBron. My animosity burrowed deep. In a hushed tone, I admit to making the 500-kilometre December journey to wintery Northern Ohio - on my own - to assist the locals in ushering in Jamess return to Cleveland. You may revisit my chronicle of that journey here and my subsequent delirious celebration later that season when Team 29, AKA the Dallas Mavericks, triumphed over Miami in thee Finals. Real Madrid Borja Mayoral Jersey. The day after LeBrons defeat, a sigh of aching relief passed through my lips. A burden lifted. I had not noticed, but my loathing had become an appendage. I dragged it around like a boil on my cheek. Suddenly, it was lanced. Even though it meant losing part of my identity, I simply didnt have the hate in me anymore. LeBron was too talented for me to despise. I dragged around some residue resentment the next year, but I was going through the motions. I didnt want to be on the wrong side of history as the greatest player since Jordan did the requisite great things. But even as I reconciled my feelings for LeBron, I felt a familiar twinge, something which made me continue rooting against him. And, as Ive certainly foreshadowed, it was relatively easy to pinpoint what it was. I cant stand the Miami Heat. I harbour an endless depth of loathing towards LeBrons brethren in South Beach, particularly the ever-whining Dwyane Wade, who was gifted the 2006 Finals by the most biased refereeing this side of of an Ante Sapina soccer match. Ive had it with the cluster of Ray Allen-come-lately veterans looking for a coattail ring in the Florida sun. Ive seen too many of Pat Rileys Armani suits. You may enjoy luxuriating on South Beach, but attend a game in south Florida and tell me those spoiled, limp crowds deserve their seven major championships. But whats to be done? It would be great if the Raptors met the Heat in the second round. It would be great to see Jonas and Amir get their licks in against the histrionic Chris Bosh, a guy I rank after Paul Millsap in talent, but will somehow wind up a first-ballot Hall of Famer. It would be an epic demonstration of cosmic fairness for the die-hard, through thick-and-thin faithful of Toronto to triumph over the second quarter arriving, third quarter leaving falling ass-backwards into success Miami fans. But wishing wont manifest destiny. The East is in stone. Predetermined like a game officiated by Tim Donaghy. Miami is heading to the Finals. So I recognize what must be done. Im keeping my eye on the prize this year. I know the focus of my venom, and I welcome you to join my Team 29 bandwagon. I dont care if LeBron ever wins another ring, I just dont want anyone else in Miami to get one. Gallays Poll #7 Who do you want to win the 2014 NBA Finals? (A) The Miami Heat, because I have no conscience. I also hate puppies and hugs.(B) Team 29, because I am a good and decent person. 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