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Pau Gasol out for Lakers on Tuesday due to knee tendinitis

Dec 4, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

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This is one way to make sure Gasol isn’t benched for key parts of the fourth quarter. Bench him the whole game.

Pau Gasol will not suit up for the Lakers Tuesday night in Houston due to tendinitis in both knees, tweets Dave McMenamin of ESPN (as well as the rest of the Lakers press contingent).

Antawn Jamison will get the start in his place. Also, Mike D’Antoni is moving Chris Duhon into the starting lineup over Darius Morris.

Gasol has struggled to find his place in D’Antoni’s offense, saying he wanted more touches in the post. He had 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting against Orlando Sunday night and for the second time this season was benched in the fourth quarter of a close game. (We should add, the Magic went on an almost immediate 12-2 run and outscored the Lakers by 16 when Gasol was on the bench.)

After that Orlando game, Kobe Bryant said Gasol needed to “put on his big boy pants” and adjust to the new system, not complain. Then he added he knew Gasol would.

But part of what has held Gasol back this season is the sore knees that have robbed him of some explosiveness and quickness up and down the court (which matters in the D’Antoni offense). A night off might do his body some good.

But Lakers fans, if Los Angeles wins don’t mistake that as a sign they need to sit Gasol. Even without him the Lakers are a vastly more talented team than the Rockets and if Dwight Howard shows up focused there is not much Houston can do. This remains about the Lakers focus and intensity. They play half-speed at times and that is not just or just about Gasol. The Lakers inconsistency is a team effort.

  1. lemfaxx - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Agree.., and houston gonna get this one though

  2. uscthom78 - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Good job Mitch….pau losing trade value

  3. rj2323 - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    I’ve been the biggest supporter of gasol an saying don’t trade him he’s a big part of the team was a HUGE reason why they one 2 championships but unfortunately It’s time for him to go he just doesn’t work In this system I would love to trade him for josh smith or Andrea bargnani Andrea would be a perfect fit can shoot the lights out an smith would be good too is an athletic freak an could run the floor beautifully with Nash

    • miamatt - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      Indeed, but why would Atlanta or the Raptors want Gasol when both teams are trying to get younger and rebuild?

      • eventhorizon04 - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:56 PM

        It’s already been reported that Atlanta isn’t interested in a Josh Smith for Pau Gasol trade for that reason.

        They’re debating keeping Smith versus trading him for young pieces/draft picks.

        Gasol is extremely talented but it’s unlikely he can carry a franchise at this point of his career.

  4. tomdrec42 - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    We won’t get josh smith, too many teams will offer way more then we can to pull that off but I’m hoping to trade him for 2or3 quality players instead of just one guy. We still hurting at pg n back up sf. Maybe look at the warriors for David lee n jarret jack n maybe Richard Jefferson

  5. rj2323 - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    The hawks are a good team even if they trade away josh smith they could have gasol horford and Teague an that’s a pretty solid core right there get some role players around them an they could be good. And Toronto with lowery darozon and lowery that looks good on paper they just need to execute on the floor they are a talented team now there record shouldn’t be as bad as it is

  6. fanofevilempire - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    this is mambas fault, he told Gasol to man up and put on his BIG boy pants……
    so Gasol say’s, oh yeah mfer, how about I chill on the bench tonight…………….

    I luv that big boy pants line, wait til I spring that one on my boyz.

  7. fanofevilempire - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    almost every team is willing to make a trade because they all have players on their roster that don’t fit their rotation, system or injuries has left them naked at a position so they start using the minutes
    on their mobile device at a rapid pace.
    what the GM has to do is find a partner or partners to team up/ match up with to pull off
    something that can work for all parties involved especially with salary cap considerations.

    how many teams was Howard headed?
    or Gasol for that matter.

  8. fotydaze - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    The problem is JIM BUSS!!!! Nothing has gone right since he has taken the reigns!!!

  9. AlohaMrHand - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    They’ll lose with or without Gasol.Even with Phil as their coach I don’t see this team doing anything.Their getting older not better.

  10. davidly - Dec 4, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Trade him for Matt Barnes… doh!!

  11. themagicfanguy - Dec 4, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Just stop it. Lakers DON’T have the available assets to secure a premiere PF like Smith! Before you say anything else, just remember its NOT HAPPENING! Stop being stupid.

  12. abchome - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    The old legs start to break before a quarter of the season…

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