MRI exam reveals a moderate sprain that will keep him out of Sunday’s contest against the Rockets and likely the rest of the games on the road trip. Gasol said he hoped to miss only two weeks after sitting out that long when he sustained a sprained left ankle in training camp that produced “similar pain, a similar reaction.”
L.A. Times: Pau Gasol will be out indefinitely because of a moderately sprained left ankle, leaving the Lakers without a true post presence as they pursue one of the top spots in the Western Conference.
Gasol was hurt Friday against New Orleans after landing on Vladimir Radmanovic’s foot while cutting through the lane early in the first quarter.
“He’s out for sure for the Houston game, most likely out for the rest of the trip, but we don’t really want to say that for sure,” Lakers spokesman John Black said today. “He’ll be reevaluated in two or three days. It’s not great, but it’s not horrible.”
The Lakers (45-20) play Houston on Sunday, Dallas on Tuesday and Utah on Thursday before returning home to play Seattle on Friday.
X-rays taken after the game of Gasol’s ankle were negative, and an MRI exam today at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston revealed a moderate sprain.
Gasol said he hoped to miss only two weeks after sitting out that long when he sustained a sprained left ankle in training camp that produced “similar pain, a similar reaction,” he said.
Ronny Turiaf, who is listed at 6-foot-10, will start at center as the Lakers change their offense to more of a “small-ball” scheme.