Originally posted on Fox Sports Tennessee  |  Last updated 3/1/12
The Grizzlies' Marc Gasol was far from the center of attention at the All-Star Game this past weekend. He was perfectly fine with that. He didn't mind being the invisible man when he was in the Western Conference lineup, barely touching the ball and scoring four points. In fact, he enjoyed the perfect weekend. He liked the notoriety. He kept in shape without taxing himself physically. He didn't come close to sustaining a broken nose, the fate suffered by the Lakers' Kobe Bryant. Subsequently, Gasol looked downright fresh while recording his 18th double-double of the season on Wednesday night at FedExForum, with game-highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds in 40 minutes as the Grizzlies (20-15) dispatched the Mavericks 96-85. "When you play in the All-Star Game for the first time, you realize that it's not a real game," Gasol said. "So I enjoyed everything -- the presentation, the warmup. I was like a little kid. "But it got serious when Kobe got his nose broken. I liked that in the sense that guys were finally getting into the game." Gasol had no trouble getting into Wednesday's game against the Mavs. He also had five assists and four blocked shots, went 8-of-14 from the field and 6-of-6 on free throws. "We had two really good practices Monday and Tuesday," Gasol said. "I feel we need to keep getting better, keep rebounding, keep running, keep being who we are. "We got tough in the second quarter, were able to run and get easy baskets. We moved the ball really well." Point guard Mike Conley said he and his teammates "rode" Gasol's back against the Mavs. "We know who our bread and butter is," Conley said. "We get Marc the ball, he can score and he's a great distributor." Memphis returns to action Friday against the Raptors. NOTES, QUOTES As planned, the Grizzlies recalled rookie guard Josh Selby from the NBDL's Reno Bighorns after the All-Star break. Selby played in four games (starting once) with the Bighorns, averaging 21.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 31 minutes. He shot .483 from the field, .500 from 3-point territory and .714 from the free-throw line. But in the Griz's win over the Mavs on Wednesday, Memphis' first post All-Star break game, coach Lionel Hollins went with shooting guard O.J. Mayo as his backup point guard, the position Selby is supposed to occupy. Selby played five minutes, scoring three points. Hollins said he was extremely pleased with the way his team came back from the All-Star break. He staged a couple of demanding training camp-type practices Monday and Tuesday to get his team back to game speed. "I thought our conditioning was really good coming off this break," he said. "The first day I ran them and they didn't have any problems with the work load we gave them. And yesterday (Tuesday), they came back with the same energy. I think we needed the time off from a mental perspective to get away and get re-energized. Memphis, now a season-high five games over .500, next plays at Toronto on Friday before coming back home on Saturday to face the Pistons. The Grizzlies have won six of their last seven games and three straight over the Mavs. QUOTE TO NOTE "It was nice Dirk left the game, we didn't have to worry about that." -- Griz coach Lionel Hollins on Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki playing just 10 minutes before sitting out the rest of the game with a sore back. ROSTER REPORT G Mike Conley began attacking the Mavs' zone defense, completely changing the complexion of the game for Memphis. Conley had 20 points and 12 assists and abused Mavs guard Jason Kidd so bad with his quickness that Kidd got yanked from the game a bit longer than usual. "We got them out of their zone and into a man, and we were able to get into our offensive sets quicker," Conley said. "We made a lot of easy plays." G Quincy Pondexter had eight points and eight rebounds off the bench, but him being able to physically match up defensively on Vince Carter allowed Hollins to use Tony Allen on the Mavs' Jason Terry. "I'm getting more comfortable every day," Pondexter said. "I'm a young still trying to find my way with this team." G Tony Allen credited Griz coach Lionel Hollins' tough Monday and Tuesday practices as contributing to the team's sharp play. "We really got after it in practice and it just carried over to this game," Allen said. "This team was focused and ready to protect the home court."
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