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Gasol Out Until All-Star Break

Los Angeles Lakers v Boston CelticsLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemPau Gasol, who was diagnosed with a strained right groin after undergoing an MRI on Saturday, is expected to be out until the All-Star Break.

He was to be out a minimum of one week, but coach Mike D’Antoni acknowledged prior to the Lakers-Wolves game that the 7-foot Spaniard would be sidelined longer.

Gasol will miss the entire three-game road trip, along with home games vs. Chicago (Sunday, Feb. 9), Utah (Tuesday, Feb. 11) and Oklahoma City (Thursday, Feb. 13), before being re-examined.

Gasol Receives PRP Injection


Pau Gasol, who was diagnosed with a strained right groin on Saturday, received a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection on Monday to stimulate healing.

Gasol acknowledged on Thursday post practice that he started feeling pain in the affected area during the Grammy road trip. He labored through the Charlotte game at home on Friday, and came out of halftime late, but still managed to play 33 minutes.

The 7-foot Spaniard finished January with averages of 20.8 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.7 blocks on 51.0 percent field goals and ended the month with 10 consecutive games of at least 20 points.

Lakers Point Guards Nearing Return

ts_140203blake670Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar all participated in a second straight practice on Monday before the Lakers departed for their three-game road trip.

“They’re all good,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “I think they’re all ready to go. There’s a possibility all three could play (at Minnesota).”

Blake addressed the media post practice and did not explicitly state he’d suit up at Minnesota, but acknowledged he’s felt much better with two consecutive days of practice.

“We’ll see,” he said. “I felt pretty good today. We’ll see how I feel when I wake up and go from there.”

Blake had averaged 9.8 points and 7.7 assists prior to injury, including a stretch of four straight games of at least 10 dimes. The Maryland product has been sidelined eight-plus weeks with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Farmar, who has been out of action for one-month plus, echoed similar sentiments regarding his imminent return.

“I’m not sure about tomorrow,” Farmar said. “We’ll see. I’m available if they allow me (to play).”

Kobe Bryant (knee) and Pau Gasol (groin) will not accompany the team on the road, instead staying back in Los Angeles to rehab. As for who will replace Gasol in the starting unit, the coaching staff again remained mum about naming a definitive starter.

Chris Kaman has started a total of five games this season (11.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 46.4 percent field goals), most recently two games in late December while Gasol dealt with an upper respiratory infection. The 7-footer, however, has not seen extended game action in more than two-plus weeks.

“I’m just trying to be patient and take advantage of the opportunities I’m given,” Kaman said. “I’ve done this long enough to know what I need to do. Just let the game feel itself cause it’s going to be moving fast. You just have to try to make adjustments as it goes and be patient.”

Nash, Blake and Farmar Return to Practice

ts_140130stevenash670Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar all participated in practice and went through 5-on-5 full court scrimmages on Thursday, but the three have been ruled out for Friday’s game vs. Charlotte.

It was a welcomed sight for the coaching staff to see those three out on the hardwood again.

“It lets us do a lot more things and obviously getting Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar and Steve Nash on the floor is going to help the quality of basketball,” coach Mike D’Antoni said.

Return dates for the trio, however, are up in the air and are varying to certain degrees.

“I just want to take it day by day and the fact I got through one practice is a positive,” Nash said. “This is the hardest thing I have ever faced in my career. Since the broken leg, nothing has been the same, nothing has been easy.”

While he was working/rehabbing with his trainer and physical therapist in Vancouver, Nash believes he progressed significantly in the last two weeks.

“I can get up and down first of all,” Nash explained. “I can withstand more demands – more contact, more unpredictable factors, change of direction – playing against somebody. That was something the nerve and spine couldn’t handle two weeks ago.”

Blake was non-committal about a possible return, but like both his backcourt teammates, is taking a day-by-day approach.

“I still have a little bit of issues to work through right now,” Blake said. “Shooting from long range is a little bit difficult right now. The ball feels heavy. There’s still pain when I shoot. Those are the things I need to work through. Everything else feels great.”

Farmar said he is trying to take a cautious approach to see how the hamstring responds. He suffered a tear in his left hamstring in a different area just four games after returning the first time. Now he says he can gradually work his way back as opposed to starting and playing 30-35 minutes upon coming back.

“Just take it day by day,” Farmar explained. “If I do something like this tomorrow, if there’s any tightness or soreness, really keep an eye on it and don’t overdo it. Maybe take a step back – ice, treatment, stuff like that. Just really paying attention to it day by day.”

Pau Gasol, meanwhile, did not practice and is still nursing a sore groin. He confirmed post practice that he is “probable” for Friday’s game. He did, however, acknowledge it feels much better today as opposed to after halftime during Tuesday’s contest vs. Indiana.

“It started happening on the road trip, but it was mild and manageable,” Gasol said. “The Indiana game was much, much worse and hard to bear, but I was able to finish the game off and play till the end.”

For the fifth straight game, the 7-foot Spaniard recorded a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double. In the month of January, he is averaging 20.6 points, 12.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 blocks on 50.9 percent field goals.

Lakers-Pacers Postgame Numbers

Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 104-92 loss against Indiana:

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Rebounds for Indiana, who held a plus-13 advantage on the glass (63-50) and a plus-10 edge on the offensive boards (17-7). Seven different players grabbed at least six boards, including a season-high 14 coming from Lance Stephenson. The Pacers also had 20 second-chance points compared to just 12 for the Lakers.

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Straight games in which Kendall Marshall has made at least one three-pointer. Marshall now qualifies among the league leaders and ranks first in three-point field goal percentage (47.3). He also registered his eighth double-double with 11 points and 13 dimes.

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Percentage of field goals made for the Lakers in the second half, after shooting 48.9 percent in the first two quarters. Tied 49 apiece at halftime, Indiana held L.A. to a combined 15 of 49 field goals in the third and fourth quarters. As such, the Pacers – a team that ranked first in scoring margin in the second half (+7.7) coming into the game – outscored the Lakers 55-43 after intermission.

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Points for Jodie Meeks, the third time in the last four games he’s reached at least 20. Meeks also drained another two triples on the evening, bringing his total to 103 on the year (11th in the NBA). In the last five games, the Kentucky product is shooting 54.8 percent from the three-point line (17 for 31).

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Consecutive double-doubles for Pau Gasol, as he finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Gasol did not start the second half (groin), but still played through it as he also scored 20-plus points for the ninth straight contest.

Kendall Marshall Livin’ The Dream

Before a teammate of Pau Gasol, Kendall Marshall was a fan.

The now 22-year old starting point guard for the Lakers posted the above picture to his Instagram while with Gasol during 2003 All-Star weekend in Atlanta. The 7-foot Spaniard was then in his second season with the Memphis Grizzlies participating in the Rookie Challenge (now known as the Rising Stars Challenge).

At the time, Marshall was 11 years of age growing up in Dumfries, Virg., and was even rated the top player for his age group by one publication.

Marshall went on to play two seasons at North Carolina, earning the Bob Cousy Award in 2012, which is awarded to the nation’s top point guard. He set an ACC single-season record that year with 351 assists.

Prior to the Lakers 102-100 overtime loss, Marshall had recorded at least 10 points and 10 assists in five straight games. He became just the third player in the NBA to record five such consecutive games joining Ty Lawson and Chris Paul.

Gasol To Play vs. Milwaukee

TS_PauPracticeLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemPau Gasol, who has missed three of the last five games while battling an upper respiratory illness, practiced fully Monday and will play against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

“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.”

Gasol/Kaman Game-Time Decisions Sunday

Gasol To Sit Out At Utah

Miami Heat v Los Angeles LakersThe 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.

Kobe Bryant Sparking Pau Gasol’s Improved Play?

LA Lakers v Charlotte BobcatsThrough the first 20 games of the season, Pau Gasol struggled mightily from the floor, averaging 14.2 points on 41.8 percent field goals.

Over the last five games, however, the 7-foot Spaniard has shown marked improvement, particularly on the most recent road trip.

Gasol’s averages in the last five: 17.0 points on 56.7 percent field goals.

His improved play has also come about with Kobe Bryant’s return to the court, with coach Mike D’Antoni electing to sub the two in and out of the game together. Both have seen the floor an equal amount of minutes over the last five contests.

Coincidence?

After the team’s loss at Oklahoma City, D’Antoni understood well what Bryant could do to aid Gasol’s play.

“(He) and Kobe have a little special thing together,” he said. “I think we can continue on that.”

Despite struggling from the floor (6 of 18) in the Lakers 88-85 win at Charlotte, Gasol came up big down the stretch with a huge block on Al Jefferson and two key free throws. He also scored seven of the last 12 Lakers points in the fourth to close out a win at Memphis. Over the last two games, he scored 37 points total on 16 of 21 field goals (76.2 percent), operating much more out of the post and around the basket.

Below is a look at his short chart over the last five games.
*All stats used are courtesy of NBA.com/stats.

Shot chart in last five games:
- Restricted area: 20 of 28 (71.4 percent)
- In the Paint (non-restricted area): 8 of 18 (44.4 percent)
- Mid-range: 6 of 14 (42.9 percent)
- Above the break 3-pointer: N/A
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Nearly half his shot attempts (28 of 60) have come inside the restricted area, whereas in the first 20 games, almost half (136 of 273) his looks came from mid-range and extended.

Shot chart in first 20 games:
- Restricted area: 34 of 57 (59.6 percent)
- In the Paint (non-restricted area): 31 of 80 (38.8 percent)
- Mid-range: 46 of 127 (36.2 percent)
- Above the break 3-pointer: 3 of 9 (33.3 percent)
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