Originally written on HoopStuff  |  Last updated 3/22/13
Los Angeles Lakers power forward, Pau Gasol will be in the starting lineup tonight when the Lakers face the Washington Wizards. Gasol has been out since early February, recovering from a torn plantar fascia. The question on everyone’s mind is now, what kind of impact will Gasol have on Los Angeles upon his long-awaited return and why is D’Antoni putting Gasol in the starting lineup when Earl Clark has played so well and did he forget that benching Gasol was what made the Lakers hot to begin with? Gasol was once again the subject of a plethora of trade rumors almost immediately following the benching, although he resurrected his season, by becoming a solid contributor off the bench for the Lakers. One of the weaknesses for the Lakers throughout the season has been bench depth, that predicament being compounded by fellow big man Jordan Hill being out for the rest of the season. The return of Gasol provides the Lakers much needed depth for the, which could be key down the stretch as Lo...
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