Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 12/4/12
HOUSTON With the tendinitis in his knees that has bothered him since the preseason showing no signs of abating, Pau Gasol has decided to sit out for an undisclosed number of games. It doesnt sound as though it will be a short sabbatical for the Lakers power forward. The day to day terminology is pretty funny, but well see, Gasol said before the Lakers played the Houston Rockets on Tuesday at Toyota Center. Im not guessing that its going to be two days and the knees are going to feel wonderful all of a sudden. That would be kind of unrealistic. The Lakers have two more games on this trip: Wednesday in New Orleans and Friday in Oklahoma City. Lakers Coach Mike DAntoni said Gasol would not be reevaluated until prior to the Thunder game at the earliest. Antawn Jamison took Gasols spot in the starting lineup against the Rockets, and the Lakers recalled rookie center Robert Sacre to provide depth. Gasol said he may undergo an MRI exam once the Lakers return to Los Angeles this weekend to rule out a more serious condition such as tendinosis. Gasol was averaging a career-low 12.6 points a game while shooting only 42. His erratic play and inability to run the floor to DAntonis liking led the coach to bench Gasol in the fourth quarter of recent games against Memphis and Orlando. Gasol said his knees have affected almost every facet of his game. Im not able to stop on the run and jump and get low and move my feet, and its a game that if you dont get low and you dont have a good base, youre out of balance all the time and you dont have the force and the explosiveness you need to finish, he said. Its been something that has been noticeable. I see plays that I just dont get to or dont finish the way I want to. Those happen a couple of times every game and its been frustrating. Gasol said he wont come back at less than full strength. Until I feel like I can be out there playing close to 100 or 100, he said, the team doesnt deserve any less, I dont deserve any less but to be out there performing at my best, and thats what well try to do.
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