Pau Gasol has plantar fasciitis in right foot, ‘probable” for Lakers’ game against Portland

After an MRI revealed Lakers forward Pau Gasol has plantar fascitis in his right foot, the Lakers are listing him as “probable” when the Lakers (14-15) host the Portland Trail Blazers (14-13) Friday at Staples Center.

Gasol didn’t report any signs of pain following the Lakers’ 126-114 loss Wednesday to the Denver Nuggets. But the Lakers forward had already dealt with knee tendinitis since the beginning of training camp, an injury that eventually sidelined him for eight consecutive games. Gasol has averaged 12.75 points on 42.2 percent shooting, 8.25 rebounds and 5.5 assists in the past four games since his return.

The Lakers were given the day off of practice, but Gasol spent part of that time getting examined by foot specialist Dr. Kenneth Jung. It’s currently unclear contributed to Gasol’s plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of a tendon within the sole of the foot.

Recently, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni has slotted Metta World Peace and Jordan Hill as the primary backup power forwards. Based on his recent rotations, it’s likely World Peace would get the starting nod should Gasol need to sit out.

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  • laker4life

    Horrid we the lakers be with a starting line up of nash morris bryant peace and howard…install hill instead for energy because the team needs life and nobody else is even attempting to supply any

    • Peter Maguire

      agreed I would like to see the young legs of Ebanks and Hill more often and work on Meeks, MWP and Jamison coming in off the bench.

  • doc

    Why is Gasol so hyped to play international ball and get tired when the season starts? What is the 19million for?

    • http://www.facebook.com/TheHeartofTurisas Joshua Andrew Macal

      His job isn’t his life, just like my job isn’t mine.

      Ever think it could be completely unrelated?

    • http://www.facebook.com/garabed.turshudjian Garabed Turshudjian

      That 19.0 millions is for idiots like us, who are still watching this Lakers circus. That is why, the Buss family raises the ticket prices every season.If things don’t change, many of the Lakers fans will become a Clippers fans. At least, they will offer something for your money.