NEW YORK — The pain surrounding Pau Gasol seemed evident both with his movement and facial expressions.
He strained the plantar fasciitis in his right foot in the Lakers’ 92-83 victory Tuesday over the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center, causing him to limp off the floor for the final 3:51. Gasol also left the locker room afterwards on crutches and a walking boot and plans to have an MRI Wednesday in Boston. The Lakers then play Thursday against the Celtics.
“I’m a little bit uncertain of how long this thing is going to take,” Gasol said. “I don’t want to get ahead of myself here and be optimistic or pessimistic.”
Gasol has played with plantar fasciitis in his right foot for most of the season, but he noticed it worsening during the Lakers’ win last Friday against Minnesota. He also said he “tweaked” his foot during the first half against Brooklyn. Gasol said he then heard a “pop” after blocking Brook Lopez’s shot.
“It felt good enough and comfortable enough to be out there and compete,” Gasol said. “I didn’t anticipate this happening. “
One prominent Laker leaned toward the latter.
“I’m very very concerned about it,” Kobe Bryant said. Obviously we don’t know the extent of the severity of the injury yet. But I’m very very concerned to say the least.”
The Lakers managed to go on a 14-2 run despite Gasol’s absence. But Bryant expressed little optimism the Lakers could adopt that long-term. The Lakers also don’t know about the status of Dwight Howard, who missed his third consecutive game because of an aggravated labrum in his right shoulder.
“We can’t afford to lose Pau for a long stretch,” Bryant said. “We need to get him back.”
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