Pau Gasol will remain a starter when the tendinitis in his knees subsides to the point that he can play again.
For the time being.
Subject to change.
Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said he wanted to see how the power forward and injured point guard Steve Nash play together before making any adjustments to his lineup.
"I'm not going to mess with Pau," D'Antoni said Sunday, alluding the possibility of bringing the four-time All-Star off the bench. "He's too important to the team and he's earned it and he's too good of a player to even go there yet. That would be a last-resort kind of thing, desperate."
Then again . . .
"If you lose, then you always try something," D'Antoni said. "So I don't want to ever say, 'No, I'm not going to do that.' But at the same time, I don't have any intentions to do it. I don't think we should do it."
Gasol has averaged 12.6 points and has shot 42, on pace for career lows in both statistics and leading D'Antoni to bench him in the fourth quarter of two ...