Update (Feb 1, 2:30pm) – Pau Gasol, who had been dealing with a sore right groin, had an MRI today which revealed a strained right groin.

Gasol will be out a minimum of a week and will be re-evaluated next weekend when the team returns from its three-game road trip.

Additionally, Lakers backup center Chris Kaman, who has a sore right knee, also had an MRI. Results of the MRI were negative and he is cleared to play.

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Over the past few weeks, Pau Gasol has played at an elite level–looking like the Gasol of old, all while battling a groin injury.

Unfortunately, the pain and discomfort has gotten to the point where Gasol will have an MRI Saturday to see what the extent of the injury is. ESPNLA’s Ramona Shelburne spoke with Gasol after Friday’s loss against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Gasol had himself a great month of basketball in January averaging 20.6 points and 12.1 rebounds per game.

For the Lakers, just when it looked like relief was coming on the injury front, this happens. All we can do is hope for the best regarding Gasol’s MRI results.

For as much criticism he has received and all the trade talk he’s been involved in the last few years, Gasol has been the Lakers’ best player this season and has continued to leave it all on the floor, despite the team’s struggles.