The Lakers, who are clinging to the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference and may of just lost Kobe Bryant for some time, are expected to have Pau Gasol back next week. Gasol was expected to miss six to eight weeks with a tear in the plantar fascia of his right foot, and he’s right on schedule. Next week marks about six weeks since he’s been sidelined.
According to Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times:
Pau Gasol will return soon from torn plantar fascia in his right foot. The only game he ruled out was Friday at Indiana. “Everything else is possible. I’m not going to hold myself back if I think I’m ready to play,” Gasol said Wednesday..
Gasol will return to the starting lineup next week in place of struggling Earl Clark, unless conditioning reasons force him to come off the bench for a game or two, an unlikely event.