Update:Â Gasol posted a 23-point/10-rebound double-double in 40 minutes Sunday while also chipping in three assists and two steals against the Pistons.
Recommendation:Â Gasol once again got the start for Dwight Howard (shoulder) and scored 20-plus points with 10-plus boards for the second game in a row. There was some talk that Howard would give it a go on Sunday, but he ended up sitting out a second-straight game, allowing Gasol to again post vintage Gasol numbers. Since Howard is traveling with the team, we'd expect him to return to the lineup at some point soon, so Gasol's run as a starter will probably be short lived. However, Howard's shoulder is likely to continue to be a problem until he has it operated on, so Gasol should end up having more value in the second half of the season than was originally anticipated when he was moved out of the starting lineup.