The Los Angeles Lakers’ up-and-down season just took another dip.
Tuesday’s 92-83 victory over a talented Brooklyn Nets team was marred by another injury, this time to forward Pau Gasol, who went down with just under four minutes to play in the game. Gasol did not return and an MRI on Wednesday revealed a tear in the plantar fascia of his right foot. Although sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com they are unsure how much time Gasol will miss without further assessment, it could be 6-8 weeks and possibly even longer if surgery is required.
“I tweaked my fascia in the first half, so I was dealing with quite a bit of soreness in the second half,” Gasol said. “So I couldn’t do certain things. I was dealing with it, but that play when I tried to jump off of it and try go block the shot (by Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez), just as I took off, I felt a pop in the bottom of my foot on my fascia and I couldn’t get up. I’m worried about it.”
Needless to say, the Lakers and their fans are worried too.
The Lakers – currently 23-26 – are 18-18 with Gasol in the lineup, compared to 5-8 without him. The team, which is already one of the worst in the NBA defensively, is even worse on that side of the floor without Gasol’s presence, allowing 105 points per game.
The Lakers are also currently playing without Dwight Howard, who has missed several games this season with a shoulder injury. Coach Mike D’Antoni is just hoping the 10th-placed Lakers can sneak into the playoffs and then get everyone back in time to make a run.
“We just got to keep winning and give us a chance to get into the playoffs, then hopefully, we’ll have everybody healthy at that point,” D’Antoni said. “But all these games are going to be attacked like they’re playoff games and whoever is available is going to have to play well.”