Marc Gasol returns strongly and Zion Williamson will debut on 22 against the Spurs | sports

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Marc Gasol returned to the competition in the game Toronto won in Oklahoma City (121-130). The Spanish pivot was injured in a game against Detroit on December 12. His hamstring problems prevented him from playing the last 12 games after having started in the 27 played so far by the Raptors. He overcame his comeback against the Thunder. He added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 32 minutes.

The Raptors complicated life in the last quarter and when they dominated for more than 20 points they received a 14-0 run that allowed the Thunder to conceive hopes by narrowing the score near the end (121-124). Marc Gasol returned to the court to defend the Italian Gallinari, who did a lot of damage to the Raptors defense and scored 23 points. The Canadian team overcame the fright of the hand of Lowry, author of 17 points and 8 assists, Siakam and Anunoby, with 21 points each, Powell, with 23, and Serge Ibaka, with 15 points and 6 rebounds.

Marc Gasol, who last season played the 82 games of the regular season and the 24 that the Raptors needed to proclaim themselves champions, was also one of the leaders of the Spanish team that won the World Cup in September in China. This season he was throwing much less to the basket and his statistic dropped to 6.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.2 blocks.

The expected premiere of Zion Williamson in the NBA will probably occur on January 22. It will be, according to the forecasts of the technical and medical managers of New Orleans, in the match against San Antonio.

The 19-year-old, number one of the last ‘draft’, was operated on October 21 of meniscus of the right knee. The initial diagnosis provided for a period of six to eight weeks of discharge. The doctors of the Pelicans have been especially meticulous and the directive very cautious in the recovery of a player on which the future of the franchise is based and called to be one of the great figures of the NBA. While waiting for their premiere, the Pelicans have won 15 games and lost 26. They are in the penultimate place of the Western Conference.

Vice President David Griffin explains: “The process has been really good. We have learned a lot about him. We have waited for it to reach the ideal point and it seems that it is about to reach it. ” Williamson is a physical wonder. It measures 1.98 meters and weighs 129 kilos. The left-handed power forward has worked, in addition to his rehabilitation he has also tried small aspects of how he walks and runs in order to achieve a higher quality of movement in terms of coordination, dexterity, correlation and uptake in the kinetic chain of his body.

Miami beat San Antonio (106-100) and is in second place in the East with one more victory than Boston, which disappointed losing at home to Detroit (103-116). The Heat are exceeding expectations. They beat the Spurs with 33 points from Kendrick Nunn, 14 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists from Adebayo, 17 points from Dragic and 12 from Butler. The most prominent in the Spurs were DeRozan, with 30 points, and Mills, with 21.

In Boston, the Celtics accused the loss of Jayson Tatum, with discomfort in the right knee, but the Pistons also suffer significant absences such as those of Blake Griffin and Kennard. The victory of the Pistons was blunt. They came to dominate by 21 points and did not give the slightest option. Derrick Rose led with 22 points and 6 assists, the 19-year-old Guinean forward Doumyouba contributed 24 points, and the 22-year-old Ukrainian forward Mykhailiuk, five triples and 21 points. Veterans Markieff Morris and Andre Drummond added 23 points and 13 points and 13 rebounds respectively. The Celtics were misguided in the shot, especially in the free throws (eight failed), and only Hayward (25 points), Kemba Walker (19 points, although nine triples failed) and Jaylen Brown (24 points and 12 rebounds, although he failed the five free throws he threw).

The Sixers recovered after their last two defeats and beat Brooklyn (117-106). Joel Embiid did not play, injured. Tobias Harris, with 34 points and 10 rebounds, and Ben Simmons, with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists, took over. Kyrie Irving, in his third game after the long injury that prevented him from playing since mid-November, was discarded in the shot with a 6 of 21. He finished with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Dinwiddie was the best of the Nets with 26 points and 8 rebounds.

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