Center Pau Gasol remains sidelined with an upper respiratory infection, while center Chris Kaman remains a game-time decision when the Lakers (13-17) host the Philadelphia 76ers (8-20) tonight at Staples Center.
Gasol has already sat out two of the past four games because of his ailment and he didn’t participate in Sunday’s morning shootaround. D’Antoni said he’s listed as day-to-day, making it possible Gasol would suit up Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks.
“He feels better,” D’Antoni said of Gasol. “I would think next game he would be ready.”
Kaman suffered a moderate sprain in his left ankle in the final minute of the Lakers’ 105-103 loss Friday to the Utah Jazz, but he participated in the team’s morning session.
“That’s encouraging,” But D’Antoni said of Kaman. “He did his stuff. He should be okay. But he’ll warm up tonight and we’ll find out.”
Even if Kaman is cleared to play, D’Antoni said he will likely start Jordan Hill at center.
The Lakers enter a critical stretch in their schedule where they have three home games this week against sub. 500 teams, including the Sixers (tonight), Bucks (Tuesday) and Utah Jazzz (Friday).
How do the Lakers snap their four-game losing streak and climb out of 12th place in the Western Conference?
“Keep playing like we did against Miami and Utah,” D’Antoni said, alluding to the Lakers’ two most recent losses. “I thought we did well enough to win each game. But we didn’t get it done … We need to get our swagger back. When you win and you start getting confidence and you expect to win, that’s what you usually do. Sometimes when you’re in a little bit of a hole, it gets tough. We have to manufacture that and keep plugging away. We’ll be fine.”
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