O.C. Register: It has pained Pau Gasol to watch his team the past two games. Unfortunately, he won’t be able to help until the pain subsides in his sprained left ankle.
That might be next week rather than tonight after he tested it Saturday at the team’s practice facility.
“It’s still pretty sore,” Gasol said. “I don’t know. It’s still doubtful. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow. Hopefully it will get better tomorrow. If not, maybe take a couple of days in between and go for Wednesday.”
Gasol will see how it responds today before the Lakers play Washington tonight. Their next game after that is Wednesday against Portland.
Gasol did some half-court work and ran in a straight line, but he still has pain and soreness when he turns and does other basketball moves. The club might be best suited to use the extra two days and target Wednesday for his return.
“I’m trying to get the pain under control and be able to handle it well, because it’s going to be painful for a while,” he said. “I just want to be effective out there. I don’t want to be out there just to be out there.”