Pau Gasol continued to play at a high level Friday night in the Lakers' 86-84 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.
He returned rusty following a six-week layoff after a foot injury, the Lakers losing their first two games. Since then, Gasol has played at least 32 minutes with the Lakers winning four of five.
Over that five-game stretch, Gasol has averaged 14.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and five assists while shooting 54.8% from the field.
"We're using him the right way," said Kobe Bryant of Gasol. "We're using his strengths in terms of his ability to facilitate and his ability to shoot the ball. Pau doesn't really even want to score the ball, really -- he likes getting other guys involved. We're putting him at the elbow. We're slipping him out on screens. When he has a shot he's taking it and when he doesn't, he's getting other guys involved and it's working very well for him."
The Lakers have improved to 40-36, despite recent injuries to Steve Nash (hamstring) and Metta World Peace (knee).
The Gasol/Bryant two-man game has been a big part of that charge, especially offensively.
"You can't stop it. You can't guard it," said Bryant. "You just hope we miss. There's really no reasonable way you can defend that."