April 23, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Marc Gasol is a creature of habit, a player who embraces his daily routine and assesses what must be done next at the day's end.

The task at hand for ''Big Spain,'' a nickname bestowed on him by teammates, is helping Memphis - yes, the Grizzlies - win an NBA title after helping them make their fifth straight playoff appearance.

Gasol says this is the fun time of year and how basketball is supposed to be.

The Grizzlies have reached more playoff milestones with Gasol than they did with his big brother, Pau. Marc would also like to make the Gasols the first NBA siblings to both win championship rings.

Memphis is the midst of the best stretch in franchise history and lead Portland 2-0 in their first-round series.

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