In an effort to accelerate the healing process in his strained right groin, Pau Gasol received a platelet-rich-plasma therapy injection.
Gasol posted a photo of the procedure on his Instagram account, adding, “I will work hard to be back with the team as soon as possible.”
Whether that happens remains to be seen.
Gasol won’t play in the Lakers’ three-game trip this week that includes stops in Minnesota (tonight), Cleveland (Wednesday) and Philadelphia (Friday). The Lakers have also been engaged in trade talks that would send Gasol to the Phoenix Suns, though such a deal would hinge on whether Phoenix would send first-round draft picks to the Lakers. The NBA’s trade deadline is on Feb. 20.
Gasol has remained one of the few bright spots on the Lakers, averaging 20.6 points on 50.9 percent shooting and 12.1 rebounds through 35.3 minutes through January. But he has been limited both defensively and with various ailments.
Gasol’s latest treatment involves drawing his own blood, spun in a centrifuge and reinjected into the affected area.
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