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Pau Gasol injury: Lakers forward out two more weeks

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As if things couldn’t get worse for the struggling Los Angeles Lakers, they will be without forward Pau Gasol for the next two weeks, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

The 33-year-old on Monday received a PRP injection to treat his strained right groin from Dr. Steven Yoon in Los Angeles. The original timeline to his injury was just for the Lakers’ three-game road trip this week after he aggravated the injury during the team’s 110-110 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats last Friday.

Gasol had also aggravated the injury in last Tuesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers. So with that in mind, the Lakers ruled it was best that the four-time All-Star sit out the next  two weeks and be re-evaluated prior to the All-Star break.

Over this two-week span, Gasol will miss a total of six games with three consecutive home games next week that include the Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz, and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Despite dealing with a nagging groin injury, Gasol was able to perform at a high level as he posted his 10th straight 20-plus-point game and was one rebound shy from having his fifth consecutive game with a double-double in last Friday’s game. He has also had ten 20-point and 10-rebound games in his last 15 contests.

In the past few days, Gasol’s name has been in the trade rumor mill again as the Phoenix Suns are interested acquiring the Lakers’ big man. However, the Suns are concerned with the 13-year veteran’s health as he has dealt with a variety of injuries this season that include several bouts with a respiratory infection, a strained muscle in his left foot, a sprained right big toe and a mild right ankle sprain.

The injury woes didn’t stop there for Los Angeles as they  lost two more players to injuries in Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Guard Jodie Meeks sprained his right ankle in the first quarter after landing on Corey Brewer’s foot as he came down from his 3-point attempt. After the game head coach Mike D’Antoni ruled the four-year veteran out for the rest of the road trip.

Jordan Hill also exited the game in the first quarter due to a headache and cervical strain in his neck after getting accidently elbowed by teammate Chris Kaman on a rebound attempt of a missed shot.

On a injury-filled night for the Lakers, there was good news as Steve Nash and Steve Blake made their returns to the court after each missed the last several weeks with their respective injuries.

However, Blake suffered a ruptured ear drum in the opening minutes of Tuesday’s game but was able to play through the injury.

So with injuries continuing to ravage the Lakers’ roster, it comes to no surprise as the team has yet to put a completely healthy team on the court for one game this season. But with that said, injuries are a part of the game and the Lakers must continue to play through it as they have done this entire season.  

Photo Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Here are highlights of Gasol’s 20-point and nine rebound effort against the Indiana Pacers last Tuesday:

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia is a sports journalist from Southern California. He was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.