Pau Gasol believes he can play vs. Houston despite lacerated nose

At this point, Pau Gasol has become the living version of the patient featured in the “Operation” boardgame.

Every body part seems dinged up. The latest one involves a lacerated nose, which instantly bled after Denver center JaVale McGee accidentally elbowed him while fighting a loose ball in the final moments of the Lakers’ 112-105 loss Sunday to the Nuggets.

The instant McGee struck Gasol, blood immediately poured out of his nose. He left the game with 1:05 remaining in hopes that Lakers trainer Gary Vitti could stop the bleeding.

Afterwards, Gasol described the nose as a “little sore” while wearing a foam type material under his right nostril. Gasol also sported a cut along his nose. Nonethless, he maintained he will play Tuesday when the Lakers visit the Houston Rockets.

“They say it doesn’t sound like it’s broken,” Gasol said. “It might be but it doesn’t make a big difference anyways.”

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  • Jon K

    Of course he can play.

    What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

    Lakers Today… Lakers Tomorrow… Lakers Forever.

    GO LAKERS!!!!!