Pau Gasol went for a 10-minute run on a treadmill before tonight’s victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, and if he wakes up without any significant pain or soreness in his strained left hamstring, he said he could practice with his teammates Monday. He plans to accompany the Lakers on their two-game trip to play the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday and the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. There’s a chance he could play in Texas, but Friday against the Clippers seems more likely.
“I’m very hopeful I’ll be back soon,” he said before heading to the Staples Center weight room to begin his treadmill workout before the Lakers faced the Milwaukee Bucks. “How soon, I can’t really tell. That’s the messed up part about it.”
Meanwhile, Lakers coach Phil Jackson blamed Kobe Bryant’s shooting woes in the last three games to an absence of a protective splint on his fractured right index finger. He said Bryant would wear a sturdy one starting Tuesday. He had been wearing only tape in recent games, including tonight, when he went 4-for-21 and scored 12 points. He was 14-for-37 in the Lakers’ loss Friday to Portland and 10-for-30 in Wednesday’s loss to the Clippers.