Will Lakers Make Playoffs With Pau Gasol Hurt?

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The Los Angeles Lakers are a lesser team without Pau Gasol, and now that he's sidelined for at least six weeks due to injury, the Lakers are doomed to miss the playoffs.

Late in Tuesday night's game against the Brooklyn Nets, Gasol landed awkwardly attempting a rebound and reinjured his plantar fascia. Despite Gasol's well-documented struggles this season, averaging career lows across the board, he's still vital to a Lakers revival, which now may be out of the question.

According to ESPN Stats and Info, the Lakers are 18-18 when Gasol is active and 5-8 when he's inactive. He's been incredibly inconsistent this season, but in his past 10 games Gasol had boosted his averages to 16.5 PPG and 7.4 RPG. While that's not near his career averages, he was making plays for his teammates, moving well without the ball and spacing the floor efficiently.

The timing couldn't be worse as L.A. grinds through Dwight Howard's injured shoulder, Jordan Hill's season-ending hip injury and a glaring lack of depth in general.

What do you think? Can the Lakers still make the playoffs with Gasol's injury?

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