The Lakers received good news when Jordan Farmar returned to the lineup on Christmas Day, but now they will be without Pau Gasol at Utah on Friday evening. Gasol has been dealing with an upper respiratory illness and is being listed as day-to-day, according to Lakers PR.
Gasol did not practice on Thursday in advance of the team’s flight and will not accompany the team to Salt Lake City.
“I think it’s lingering a little bit,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “I think it does affect him.”
The 7-foot Spaniard missed the team’s game at Golden State on Saturday, Dec. 21, because of the same issue. Prior to the Warriors contest, he was the lone player to appear in the starting lineup through the first 26 games.
“Like anything else, you’re not 100 percent physically and you’re going to have shorter times of energy and stuff like that,” D’Antoni said. “He’ll get over it. He’ll be fine.”
Despite playing through various ailments, there has been a noticeable improvement in Gasol’s production over the last seven games, as he’s averaged 16.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.7 blocks on 53.8 percent shooting. In the previous 22 contests, he had averaged 14.4 points on 42.3 percent field goals.