According to the Los Angeles Times’ Mike Bresnahan, Pau Gasol and Xavier Henry could both miss the remainder of the season as they continue to battle the injury bug that has plagued not only them, but the entire team this year.
With seven games remaining, it is very realistic that both players could be done for the season and may have even played their last game in the purple and gold, most notably Gasol:
The team is leaning toward sitting him for its final seven games while he recovers from a severe recurrence of vertigo. He won’t play Friday against Dallas after dizziness kept him confined at the team hotel Wednesday while the Lakers played Sacramento. He flew back on the team charter that night after missing a fifth game because of the illness.
Gasol has experienced a rough couple of seasons under coach Mike D’Antoni, who has failed to properly utilize the skill set of Gasol, while also trading barbs at one another through the media. The 33-year old Gasol is set to become a free agent this summer and may look to finish his career elsewhere if D’Antoni remains the Lakers head coach.
Gasol is averaging 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in 31.4 minutes a game this season.
Meanwhile, Henry continues to fight through multiple injuries and from the sound of things, his season is over:
Xavier Henry is not expected to return this season after being slowed by wrist and knee injuries. He averaged 10 points in 43 games.
Earlier this season, Henry suffered a right knee injury which caused the guard to miss two months of action. He returned in early March, but tore ligaments in his left wrist shortly after, adding to his woes. In four seasons, Henry has yet to play in more than 50 games due to injuries.