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Pau Gasol injury: Lakers big man has vertigo

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol is doubtful for Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks as he was diagnosed with vertigo on Monday by at a local hospital, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

In  Sunday’s 103-94 win over the Magic, Gasol did not leave the locker room after halftime as he dealt with dizziness and nausea in which he received three liters of IV fluids and was transported to local hospital by ambulance where he stayed overnight as a precautionary measure.

“Just what I hear, he couldn’t come out,” head coach Mike D’Antoni said after Sunday’s win. “He was dizzy in the first half, and went back in the dressing room. I think they were trying to give him an IV or something but he just couldn’t go.”

The 33-year-old is expected to be re-evaluated by ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. John Rehm on Tuesday morning to help decide what his status will be for the Tuesday’s tilt.

Gasol took to Twitter on Monday to thank the fans for their support through his latest ordeal:

 If the 13-year veteran is unable to give it a go against the Knicks, D’Antoni stated on Monday that Chris Kaman, who has not played in the last 10 games, will fill his spot in the starting lineup.

As for other Lakers’ injury news, point guard Steve Nash is also doubtful for Tuesday’s game as he is still dealing with a sore right hamstring that he suffered in the tail end of Friday’s 117-107 loss to the Washington Wizards. Nash was able to par take in an individual workout on Monday but did not participate practice with the team.

“Steve Nash is day-to-day, actually hour-to-hour, “D’Antoni said with a laugh. “We’ll check and see (Tuesday), but probably doubtful at this time just to be cautious.”

Guard Xavier Henry is expected to take the court against the Knicks as he will play through a torn ligament in his left wrist that will require surgery in the offseason. He suffered the injury in the third quarter of Friday’s game against the Wizards when landed on his wrist after a blocked layup attempt.

“I thought he was probable,” D’Antoni said. “He said no, he’s not probable. He’s playing.”

The four-year guard has had a difficult season with injuries as he had missed 28 games due to a bone bruise in right knee, which he experienced two separate setbacks in his recovery from it. Prior to this his latest injury, Henry had stated that he wanted to finish out the year for his teammates despite the persistent pain his knee, and it appears the 23-year-old is keeping that same mentality moving forward in the final 13 games of the season.

“The good news is, it’s tore, so I feel with that mindset, I can’t do too much worse to it,” said Henry. “Now I’ll just go out there and be myself … Hey, I got to get surgery anyway so I might as well go out there and just play hard.”

If Nash is unable to play against the Knicks expect Henry to help share the load at backup point guard with Jodie Meeks, who had a career-high six steals in Sunday’s win, and Kent Bazemore, who had a career-high eight assists against the Magic.

Photo Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

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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.

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