Daily News: Pau Gasol will play tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers unless “something crazy happens overnight.”

He practiced “fully, fully, fully” with his teammates Tuesday and reported some tenderness in his sprained left ankle.

“It went better than it has the last couple of days,” the 7-foot center said of his workout. “Took a nice step forward. Right now, I’m a little sore but I’m feeling pretty good. I’m pretty confident. I’m getting better and better.”

Gasol declined to label his fitness.

“What percentage?” he asked, repeating a question. “It’s hard to tell. There’s not (an indicator) that tells me, `Your ankle is at a certain percentage.’ Right now it feels good. It’s still a little sore and tender, but I was able to push through it and be somewhat effective. Hopefully, I’ll feel better and I’ll be even more effective every day.”

Gasol was injured in the Lakers’ loss March 14 against the New Orleans Hornets. The Lakers have a 5-4 record since he was hurt. Actually, it’s 5-5 if you include the loss to New Orleans, when Gasol played only three minutes before was sidelined.

The Lakers (50-24) were in third place in the Western Conference, one game behind New Orleans and San Antonio, going into Tuesday’s games. They have eight regular-season games remaining, including tonight’s home contest against Portland.

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  • west213

    WELCOME BACK GASOL.. be back soon bynum and trever

  • Devean George

    BREAKING NEWS… watch Bynum and Pau in practice…

  • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

    finallllllllllllllllllllly!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    we need you!!!

  • http://gmail.com Basher

    Finally, we need Pau and Bynum back to boost us out of mediocrity and back into the category of contenders and soon to be champions. New Orleans and San Antonio are worried. The top spot in the West is ours!

  • Keep Odom

    FINA-FREAKIN-LY!………….ALL THESE TEAMS THAT BEAT US WITHOUT BYNUM AND GASOL WILL EVENTUALLY FEEL THE TRUE WRATH OF THE BEST STARTING FIVE IN THE NBA!

  • xtro

    Vamos!!!!!!

  • bob

    yep

  • http://thelakersnation.com ThE NeXt FaRmAr 5

    This better not be an april fools joke

    we need u pau!!!!!!!!!!

  • purple’n’gold

    its not a april fools joke, check this out from lakers.com http://www.nba.com/lakers/multimedia/0708video.html PJ talks about adrew,gasol. we need to get to full strenght playoff are around the coners.

  • Smush Walton

    I hope Farmar starts playing again. His game has dropped off quite a bit recently. I hope when we traded JCRIT we did’t trade the wrong guard!

  • http://ll@yahoo.com keep_LO

    THAT A BOY!!!!!!!!!

  • pjt

    This is good news, the best. Pau is back, I hope he plays the rest of the way, and helps lead the LAKERS, to a championship…

  • DCLAKER

    HELL YEAH!!! 2/3 OF “LAKEZILLA” IS BACK,YOU SUCKAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS!