Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/6/14

Laker Pau Gasol #16 after scoring in the first half during game seven of a Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Sunday May 17, 2009 in Los Angeles Photo via Newscom

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The way Pau Gasol has been playing lately, he might be too valuable for the Los Angeles Lakers to trade him. Starting once again at center in place of injured All-Star Dwight Howard, Gasol had 23 points and 10 rebounds as the Lakers defeated the Detroit Pistons, 98-97, at The Palace on Sunday. The Lakers (22-26) gave away an 18-point, second-half lead but survived when the Pistons (18-30) missed two shots in the final 3.8 seconds. Gasol had 22 points and 12 rebounds against Minnesota on Friday when the Lakers snapped their eight-game road losing streak. The long-time All-Star became the subject of trade rumors after his role was reduced and he lost his starting job. "It's good, it's refreshing for me," he said. "It's satisfying for sure to play this kind of role again, to have the kind of role on this team that I've had for a while." Howard missed the game despite receiving platelet-rich plasma treatment this weekend on his ailing right shoulder. On...
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