Pau Gasol gets off crutches

In a sign that the torn plantar fascia in his right foot has somewhat healed, Lakers forward Pau Gasol revealed in a tweet Tuesday that he’s no longer nursing crutches.


Gasol injured his foot in the Lakers’ win Feb. 8 over the Brooklyn Nets and was declared out for a minimum of six to eight weeks. Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni suggested that it’s possible Gasol won’t return until the Lakers will know their playoff aspirations.

The Lakers (28-30) remain three games behind the Houston Rockets (31-27) for the eighth and final playoff spot. With 24 games left, it’s likely the Lakers won’t know their postseason fortunes until very late in the season.

Regardless, Gasol won’t be back until at least three more weeks from now. Nothing has changed that timetable yet.


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