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Gasol Active vs. Kings
Monday, March 21
Gasol will be available on Monday against Sacramento, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, who added he'll be on a minutes limit.
MRI Fails to Reveal Injury
Sunday, March 13
Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago passed along word of the testing on Gasol's knee, adding there is nothing "structurally wrong" but that Gasol's timeline for a return is unknown. Johnson noted Gasol has "considerable swelling" in his knee.
Gasol's Injury Further Hampered Bulls' Depth
Gasol arguably exceeded expectations in his first season in the Windy City. He averaged 18.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per game and earned his first trip to the All-Star Game in four years. As a result of playing under then-coach Tom Thibodeau, he also played his best defense since he was at the peak of his powers with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Despite turning 35 last July, Gasol's performance has only dropped off slightly during the 2015-16 campaign. He has appeared in 61 games, averaging 17.0 points on 47.1 percent shooting and 11.1 rebounds a night.
Lakers legend Magic Johnson argued his old team made a big mistake in letting the five-time All-Star go in 2014:
.@paugasol showed Lakers fans last night why we should've done everything we could to keep him, scoring 21pts, 12rebs & 7ast.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 29, 2016
"I like to compete," he said in January, per Johnson. "And I like to push it until the wheels fall off. Hopefully, it won't get to that point. I just want to do whatever I can to help this team as much as possible. If I play a couple more minutes a game, so be it."
Given Gasol's age, head coach Fred Hoiberg has to be careful about pushing Gasol too hard, especially after this most recent injury.