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Report: Pau Gasol to sit out against the Thunder

Dec 7, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

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After sitting out the first two games of the Lakers three game road trip, there was a sliver of hope that he might try to play Friday night against the Thunder. The thought was that the extra rest may help his knees feel good enough to give it a go in what is certainly a big game for the Lakers.

That will not happen, however. Pau will continue to rest his sore knees instead of suiting up against the team that eliminated the Lakers from the playoffs last season:

It was a long shot that Pau Gasol would play at all on this trip, so this shouldn’t be surprise. Still, for an undermanned Laker team that’s already missing Steve Nash, having him sit out still stings.

In his absence, the Lakers are 1-1 but face their biggest test of the trip in this final game. And while a healthy Gasol would be an asset against the Thunder, the physically limited version would only be a liability against a team that has the athletes to hurt them in transition and the lineup versatility to force him to defend away from the basket.

Expect Antawn Jamison to continue to start in Gasol’s absence and for Jordan Hill to see minutes at back up center when Dwight Howard goes to the bench. Both players have done well in Pau’s absence and they’ll need to do so again tonight if the Lakers are to have a chance against a Thunder team that’s won their last 6 games.

  1. chargerdillon - Dec 7, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Why isnt David Stern fining the Lakers for sitting Pau!!!!!! This is outrageous!!!!!

    (sarcasm implied for the humor-challenged)

    • sellahh - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      I guess you need to be really humor-challenged in order to find such a bad joke funny.

  2. BigBeachBall - Dec 7, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Strategic move… Dantoni doesnt want to show too many cards this early in the season…come playoffs… ZANG!… Lakers torch OKC in 5 games.

    • kanemoney - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      If they make the playoffs

      • dko83 - Dec 7, 2012 at 5:15 PM

        And then you woke up..

  3. bucs24 - Dec 7, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Sure they will beat the thunder in 5(NOT)

  4. paulhargis53 - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    This is going to be a bloodbath. Thunder by 15…at least.

    Lakers beat OKC in 5? Sir, please put down the crack pipe and step away from the keyboard.

    • barkley4life - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      If Kobe is on he can keep them in this game for a while. He owns Thabo. Perkins gives Dwight problems has since his Celtics days. Should be a fun game early, the Laker starters are going to have to play heavy minutes tonight if they have to go to that bench early then your 15pt min blowout will look easy.

      • loungefly74 - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:34 PM

        thanks for the input, ya idiot…now go f*#k your mother.

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Dec 7, 2012 at 7:05 PM

        lounge, easy fellah.

        Don’t do a paully and unnecessarily hound him across the board. It’s not like you.

        Looking at barkley’s comment above, I see an objective standpoint. No hating there. Just put a lid on those unwarranted (at least for this specific post) ad hominem.

        Peace, dude.

  5. lemfaxx - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    undermanned Laker team ?? So they gonna loss this one???

  6. fanofevilempire - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    oh boy………
    this could get messy………..
    Dwight has to show up……

  7. bozosforall - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Meanwhile, Pudhummer sits on the laps of aroused and naked Puh C’s players.

  8. barkley4life - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Ladies and gentleman round of applause for the forum tough guy king of the shadowboxers

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