Poor DeAndre Jordan. He knows that when Marc Gasol gets the ball at the top of the key, he's got so many things to worry about — a fast-fired, flat-footed midrange jumper, a surprisingly quick step toward the basket, the prospect of a cutter making his way around the Memphis Grizzlies center's hip and letting a hiccup-quick guard loose into the paint, and so on. In the split second between Gasol catching the pass and Gasol whipping a pass, the Los Angeles Clippers center forgot to watch one thing: His five-hole.
The nutmeg dime was one of just two assists for Gasol in the game — somewhat surprising, given that he averaged four per contest during the regular season and had nine in the first two games of the series — but despite not producing many passes that led directly to baskets, he was integral in the shape and space of the Grizzlies' half-court offense. Gasol's movement at the elbows and above the free-throw line repeatedly drew one of L.A.'s frontcourt defenders out from under the basket, allowing Randolph the room and opportunity to one-on-one against his man (usually Blake Griffin), which he did very successfully on Thursday.Read More »from Marc Gasol puts high-low pass through DeAndre Jordan’s legs for Zach Randolph layup (Video)