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The Lakers received a bit of good news Monday as Pau Gasol and Steve Nash participated in a light, noncontact practice.
Gasol (knee tendinitis) isn't officially cleared to play Tuesday night when the Lakers host the Charlotte Bobcats, but he should be able to return from an eight-game absence if he suffers no ill effects from Monday's workout.
Nash is shooting to play in the Lakers' Christmas Day game against the New York Knicks, which would mean another two games without the veteran point guard. The Lakers lost Nash when he suffered a broken bone in his left leg in the second game of the season against the Portland Trail Blazers. He has missed 23 games.
"I'm feeling well. I'm happy with the practice that I did today and how I felt," Gasol said. "We don't want to make the decision quite yet today, so we'll see tomorrow in the morning how I feel and decide then."
The Lakers went 3-5 without Gasol. With injuries to Steve Blake (abdominal surgery), Jordan Hill (back), Nash and Gasol, along with a coaching change, the Lakers have struggled to an 11-14 record.
With reinforcements finally on the way, the Lakers are still just three games behind the sixth-place Minnesota Timberwolves in the Western Conference.
Barring major slides from teams like the San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriorsand Clippers, the Lakers may have a difficult time climbing into the top four by the end of the regular season.
The return of two starters should certainly result in improved play, once Gasol and Nash get their conditioning back in full.
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Pau Gasol returned Tuesday night from an eight-game absence as the Los AngelesLakers host the Charlotte Bobcats at Staples Center.
Gasol, who struggled with knee tendinitis through most of the early part of the season, has been given the green light to play without restriction.
"The sky is the limit, 48 (minutes), if overtime 50," joked Gasol.
The Lakers have struggled...
Gasol had an impact in a variety of ways even while struggling with his shooting touch. He finishing with 10 points on three-for-10 shooting to go with nine rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes after missing the previous eight games to let the tendinitis in his knees subside. He was not on the court at the end of the game, with D’Antoni saying his conditioning was a factor....
The Los Angeles Lakers will get a boost this week when Pau Gasol returns to the lineup. Gasol has missed the Lakers last seven games. During that time, the Lakers have gone 2-5. They have struggled all year, but the team hopes that Gasol's return and Steve Nash's eventual return will help spark them to a run and get them back into the playoffs.According to Kevin Ding...
Struggling mightily in Mike D’Antoni’s offense, rumors persist that the underachieving Los Angeles Lakers may trade four-time All-Star power forward Pau Gasol to the New York Knicks for six-time All-Star and 2007 All-NBA First Team selection Amar’e Stoudemire. The Lakers, … Continue reading →
The Los Angeles Lakers could get Pau Gasol back today. That in and of itself could be a nice boost for the struggling team. But they could get an even bigger boost as Steve Nash eyes a return. He was able to practice yesterday meaning he is drawing closer to a return to game action. According to Shahan Ahmed of NBC Southern California, Nash was not expected to practice yesterday...
Pau Gasol had a successful workout on Saturday.
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“Pau Gasol has given the Lakers a lot and I don’t feel he’s getting enough in return, especially as far as confidence,” Rubio said in a conference call earlier today. “But he’s a pro. If he goes to another team, I think he would make a contender out of that team. Wherever he goes, he’s going to be fighting for the title.”
Steve Nash is looking to return to the court for the Lakers on Saturday.
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