“I don’t think he’s over it totally, but he’s good enough to play,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He’ll be ready tomorrow.”
Gasol did not practice last Thursday before the team flew to Utah, instead visiting a doctor who diagnosed him with a bad case of sinusitis and bronchitis. The 7-foot Spaniard said he is still feeling some effects – and will for weeks – but plans to fight through his ailment.
“I just have to play through it,” Gasol said. “We are very short-handed out there and we need everything we can get out there, and I’ll do my best.”
Earlier in the season, Gasol acknowledged playing through a similar illness. Despite this, he was the lone player to appear in the starting lineup through the first 26 games, with injuries decimating nearly half the roster. In his last game against Miami on Christmas Day, Gasol said he felt “exhausted” at the end.
“This time it got worse and the doctor said I never really got over it,” Gasol said. “It just got better for a month. In the long run, we’ll see how this progresses. But for now, I’m just going to have to deal with it on a daily basis.”