CLEVELAND — In what will mark his fifth consecutive game he’s missed, Lakers forward Pau Gasol will sit out of tonight’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers because of lingering tendinitis in both knees.
Although he has traveled with the team, Gasol didn’t take part in morning shootaround. It also remains to be seen whether Gasol will play in the Lakers’ four-game trip, which also includes stops against New York (Thursday), Washington (Friday) and Philadelphia (Sunday).
“Day by day we’re going to find out what his progress is,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said, “and then figure it out that day. I couldn’t tell you that.”
Antawn Jamison has averaged 10.5 points on 41.5 percent shooting and 5.5 rebounds since starting in Gasol’s place at power forward.
The Cavaliers (4-17) have lost nine of their last 10 games. But the Lakers (9-12) hardly want to take anybody for granted with their 2-6 road record.
Gasol’s rehab has included exercises on his gluteal and quadriceps muscles to ease the pressure on his tendons, icing and pain medication. The Lakers forward has also averaged a career-low 12.6 points on 42 percent shooting, but D’Antoni doesn’t believe those issues will persist once Gasol returns.
“He’s great.,” D’Antoni said. “He’ll be fine.”
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