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Pau Gasol to have MRI on knee Monday

Apr 4, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

Pau Gasol, Denver Nuggets Getty Images

It was the moment Sunday when Lakers fans saw another title flash before their eyes.

Late in the third quarter Pau Gasol went to the basket for a dunk and got a hard (but clean) foul by Nene.

When Gasol landed and crashed to the floor, his knee bent back awkwardly. He stayed down for a minute, got up and shot free throws, then soon after came out and went to the locker room. He came back out and played the rest of the game without a brace or tape, but the Lakers will not mess around with this. Gasol told the Los Angeles Times he thinks he’ll be fine.

“It allowed me to keep playing, so hopefully it will be nothing,” Gasol said. “There’s some swelling in there.”

Still, the Lakers are giving him an MRI to be sure, with the results expected Monday. Don’t be shocked if he gets a little extra time on the bench over the final 10 days of the season.

Andrew Bynum sat the end of that game after Lamar Odom fell into him and Bynum tweaked his surgically repaired right knee as well. Again the Lakers don’t expect any long-term issues, it was minor, but they will treat this as if his knee is made of eggshells. Which it may be.

The Lakers know that Bynum and Gasol healthy is the key to their title hopes. So expect extreme caution.

  1. rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 4, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    relax Laker fans, remember they said we was done around x-mas.don’t panic.

  2. fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 4, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    Laker fan here. I watched the game and it was a very hard but legitimate foul done by Nene.

    But what struck me was the classy show of sportsmanship by Nene who approached Gasol and checked how he was and offered to help him out.

    Equally classy was Gasol not flaring up because of the foul.

    I raise a mug of beer and toast to the both of you. Cheers!

    I congratulate the Nuggets on this win. Props to K-Mart for that presence of mind to make that last bucket on a free-throw miss.

    Back to the drawing board for the Lakers to tweak the chinks in the armor.

    Hopefully Gasol will be all right. That’s NBA basketball for you. No one is calling the Lakers soft anymore.

  3. ocgunslinger - Apr 4, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    The Lakers are clearly the class of the league right now and they are peaking at the right time. All of that means nothing as many teams that have lost key players in the playoffs have found out in the past. Gasol is probably the most important factor for the Lakers…..even more so than Kobe this year. He is such a quality person I would hope he has the opportunity to compete again this year looking for the three-peat.

  4. fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 5, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    I love the Lakers! Gasol is soft but I like the Lakers better when they play hard!

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