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Marc Gasol says opportunity to make title run with Toronto Raptors 'gets the juices going'

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Marc Gasol [raptors.com]

Marc Gasol will make his Toronto Raptors debut as they take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

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During pregame media availability, Gasol expressed his excitement about the chance to win a championship with the Raptors.

"Once Masai (Ujiri) called and I talked to some of the guys in (the locker room), everybody said the same thing about making a run to the title."

"That gets your juices going and makes you real excited," Gasol continued.

The three-time All-Star also mentioned the familiarity he has with former Memphis Grizzlies teammate Kyle Lowry, former Spanish National Team teammate Serge Ibaka and the multiple playoff runs he had against Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.

Gasol is no stranger to the postseason, appearing in 59 playoff games with the Grizzlies. Over those 59 games, he averaged 17.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.7 blocks on his way to four playoff series victories.

"I gave it my all (in Memphis)," Gasol states. "I know maybe sometimes it wasn't perfect but I gave everything I had and I'm planning to do the same thing in Toronto. That's the only way I know how to play - dedicating yourself to the game, to the city, to the fans."

Gasol posted averages of 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals in 53 games for the Grizzlies this season. He shot 44.4 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from 3-point range.

With his all-around play, Gasol has the potential to be a great fit on the Raptors.

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