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Pau Gasol has strain in left foot, game time call for Tuesday night

Jan 14, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT

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Well, it could have been worse, and usually this season when a Laker gets injured it seems like “worse” is the default.

Pau Gasol had an MRI on his sore left foot and it came back with a “moderate strain of the flexor tendon of the big toe of his left foot” the team announced. That makes him a game-time decision Tuesday night.

With Kobe Bryant and seemingly everyone else out injured more has been asked of Gasol from the Lakers — in their last five games he has played 34.4 minutes a night, averaging 18.8 points (on 46.9 percent shooting) and he’s gotten 12 rebounds a game. This season Gasol has not played like his peak self of a few years back, but he has played pretty well and if he’s out the Lakers don’t have guys who can score as consistently from the post or elbow as he can. The Lakers don’t need to lose another scoring option.

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On another Lakers injury note, Xavier Henry was back working out, will travel with the team when they leave on the 12-day Grammy road trip, and is expected to be cleared to play later this week, baring any setbacks.

  1. asimonetti88 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    The Lakers need their own hospital wing this season

  2. ranfan12 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Buss family angered the NBA gods last year and they are obviously still mad

  3. billtetley53 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    They would have stunk without the injuries.

    By the way, have you seen 00maltliqour?
    He hasn’t been on here since he made a fool out of himself on the Chamberlain story.
    That’s the first time I’ve seen triple digit thumbs down on a comment, and he pulled it off TWICE!

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      I’m here baby! Fool? Hardly. You proved my point listing all those short mini-centers (can’t say midget, obviously it offends you), irregardless if they were ballers, they are all short! Have you ever tried guarding someone 4 inches taller then you in the post? Probably not, you were the pudgy kid that was the 11th man that never got picked.

  4. apkyletexas - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    So I guess the question is – do they lose to Cleveland by 30 with Gasol, or lose by 40 without him?

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      by transitive properties does that mean the Lakers would lose to the Kings by 74 and/or 84 points?

  5. aboogy123456 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Sit out! Get Sacre some more playing time, no need to play injured pau. With this upcoming draft, wins hurt more than losses!

  6. billtetley53 - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Nice try. Per usual, you missed the whole point of the posting. You’re not very smart.

    Ben Wallace was 6-9 and he regularly shut down centers much taller than him.
    Bill Russel was 6-9 and he is considered to be the best defensive center to ever play the game.
    169 people thumbed down your post, but yeah, you were right(sarcasm here, figured I’d point it out, as you are not smart enough to get it).

    Its typical of idiots like you to try to deflect the argument to “did you play sports”? You hhave no argument, so resort to that. I’m 5-11 by the way, so yeah, most guys I guarded were taller.

    I don’t know why I expect anymore out of you anyway, you’re the guy who called Pippen( a HOF, Top 50 team member) a glorified wing man.
    Someone who makes that statement knows nothing of the game.
    You say that about someone from the 80s/90s, why would you know anything about players from the 60s/70s?
    Well, you don’t. I’m embarassed for you, so embarassed.

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