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Lakers’ Pau Gasol to miss at least a week with groin strain

Feb 1, 2014, 6:44 PM EDT

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This Lakers season will be remembered more than anything as one that was completely lost due to a series of injuries to both stars and role players alike.

Pau Gasol is the latest to return to the ranks of the injured, and after undergoing an MRI on Saturday, will miss a minimum of a week with a strained groin injury.

Gasol had been complaining of soreness to the area for some time, but has played through it and managed 24 points and nine rebounds in the team’s home loss to the Bobcats on Friday. reporter Mike Trudell notes that the team has now lost 155 man games due to injury this season. L.A. has lost six straight and is just 3-18 over its last 21 games, only a half-game better than the West’s worst Sacramento Kings.

  1. ranfan12 - Feb 1, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Best option for him. Not worth playing through it if it’s making him play even worse defense. Still doing good this month though offensively at least

  2. pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 1, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    CONGRATS! The Lakers just locked up a top 5 pick.

  3. sportsnut101 - Feb 1, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    kobe out for year
    lakers get top 5 pick
    lakers fire coach
    pau leaves lakers

    my wish looks like it can happen

  4. ranfan12 - Feb 1, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Good news for Caman at least, or not knowing Mike >_>

  5. casualcommenter - Feb 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Due to their almost comically long-list of injuries to players like Nash, Kobe, Gasol, Henry, Farmar, Blake, etc., Lakers have “accidentally” tanked for half a season.

    Probably best for them in the long-run if they let their main guys take their time rehabbing injuries. They’re 11 wins behind the 8th seed with only around 30 games to go.

  6. shanelsweet - Feb 1, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    I called this injury. No way I’d trade for a guy who could just go out on injury if he didn’t like playing with my players. Who needs that kind of “veteran” presence in the locker room

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 2, 2014 at 12:12 AM

      I think you put the quotes around the wrong word. There is no disputing that he is a veteran, having played over a decade in the NBA. You meant to put the quotes around the word “presence”, as you were mocking his leadership.

      • shanelsweet - Feb 2, 2014 at 10:24 AM

        Yup, that’s what I meant. Glad you figured it out. Do you correct people when they are speaking to you too? i bet folks around you find that annoying sometimes. I know my family hates it when I do it to them.

  7. fnc111 - Feb 1, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    His vagina is acting up again.

    • ranfan12 - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      damn that’s cold lol

      gotta give him credit though. he’s nearly averaged 22/12 this month and he’s still playing hurt.

  8. 00maltliquor - Feb 2, 2014 at 2:35 AM

    Time to unleash Jordan Hill coach

  9. sportsfan18 - Feb 2, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    Hey Lakers fans…

    Dwight has been healthy all season though!

    • Professor Fate - Feb 2, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      True, he was able to spend last year rehabbing from back surgery while stealing $20 million from the Buss family.

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 2, 2014 at 12:26 PM


      • therealhtj - Feb 2, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        And they’re still a 4 seed that has a 2nd round ceiling despite having two top 15 players. Paying Dwight Howard max money pretty much locks you into that space.

      • coachjac30 - Feb 2, 2014 at 2:48 PM


        I’m confused. You are saying Howard is a top 15 player but not worth a max contract?

      • therealhtj - Feb 2, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        I’m saying paying him that money locks you into a middle seed with a mid round playoff exit. Rookie max contract? Sure. Max raises on top of a max rookie extension? Not worth it. He’ll also be looking to opt out in 3 years with another 5 year max extension at that point. Would you give it to him?

        Overpaying for a player with his limitations doesn’t win you a championship.

      • coachjac30 - Feb 2, 2014 at 11:42 PM

        Yes, I would give it to him. If he is a top 15 player, as you said he was, then how is he not a max player?
        What are his “limitations” that would keep you from winning a championship? As a center, he needs pieces around him to win, and he has never had them.

    • ranfan12 - Feb 2, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      nah he’s not healthy. a healthy dwight would be averaging 25/15

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:14 AM

        When has a healthy Dwight EVER averaged that? NBA2K with 8 min qtrs maybe.

      • ranfan12 - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:18 AM

        lol i’m just saying though. word was that it was the lakers and his injuries holding him back from dominating.

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 3, 2014 at 3:32 AM

        LOL that’s hilarious in itself!

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