Pau Gasol misses Wednesday’s practice because of open wound on left toe

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 20: of the Chicago Bulls of the Los Angeles Lakers at the United Center on January 20, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Lakers 102-100 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 20: of the Chicago Bulls of the Los Angeles Lakers at the United Center on January 20, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Lakers 102-100 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

MIAMI — Pau Gasol sat on the bench during the Lakers’ practice on Wednesday, an open wound in the moderate strain in his left big toe causing the Lakers forward to take precautionary measures to ensure the injury doesn’t worsen.

“It’s been pulling my skin off,” Gasol said. “We have to let it close off as much as possible.”

Gasol said he still plans to suit up when the Lakers (16-26) visit the Miami Heat (30-12) Thursday at American Airlines Arena. Gasol has also nursed the injury for the past nine days, but has averaged 22 points on 53 percent shooting and 12.4 rebounds in the last five games.

“I’m not too concerned. It’s not too bad. I Just have to stay on it because every game I play, it pulls the skin,” Gasol said. “It’s not fun. But it’s all right. It’ll be fine.”

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