Updates From Saturday, March 8
Dave McMenamin of ESPN has the latest on Pau:
Pau Gasol (L ankle) participated in shoot around Saturday. He's probable for the OKC game, according to D'Antoni.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) March 8, 2014
It is officially safe to say that the Los Angeles Lakers have seen better weeks.
Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles fills us in on the details:
Pau Gasol will receive an X-ray on his L ankle after the game as a precaution— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) March 8, 2014
The Lakers lost to the Denver Nuggets, 134-126, but the big man did post 27 points and five rebounds in a losing effort in 30 minutes of action.
He did manage to finish the game, although Mike Trudell of Lakers.com pointed out that Gasol returning in the second half wasn’t always a certainty:
It was a L ankle tweak for Gasol, who was re-taped in the locker room. He's going to see how it responds when checking in later in the 2nd.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 8, 2014
After the game McMenamin provided an update:
X-rays on Pau's L ankle were negative. He plans to play against OKC as long as his ankle doesn't "blow up" between now and Sunday— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) March 8, 2014
Considering the Lakers now sit at 21-42 and have no chance of making the playoffs, it would probably serve both parties well in the long run if Gasol made sure he was 100 percent before playing in future games.
There is no need to rush him back if the pain persists, as next year has become more important than this year in Hollywood, but even more so for the soon-to-be free agent Gasol.