Gasol starts tonight (updated)

Despite suffering from a strained left hamstring and despite arriving 35 minutes late for tonight’s game against the Sacramento Kings, Pau Gasol started as usual. He hit his first shot and showed no signs of the injury that kept him out of Thursday’s practice.

Gasol took a rest and rookie Derrick Caracter replaced him with 3:14 left in the first quarter. The line so far: two points on 1-for-3 shooting and one assist. He returned to the floor to start the second quarter, with the Lakers leading the Kings, 21-16.

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