Los Angeles Lakers will be without forwards Pau Gasol and Xavier Henry for Sunday’s game against the Phoenix Suns as both are still recovering from their respective ailments, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.
This will mark the fourth straight game that Gasol has missed due to the vertigo he experienced after Sunday’s 103-94 win over the Orlando Magic. The 33-year-old did not return to the game 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.
Gasol also did not travel with the team on their two-game road trip this past week as he was advised to stay home due to the lingering symptoms from the vertigo. There had been a outside shot that the 13-year veteran would play in Sunday’s game, but it appears that he is still not all the way back from the illness.
As for Henry, he will miss his second consecutive game due to soreness in his right knee, which has now forced him to miss 29 games this season from an injury that was initially suffered on Dec. 29 against the Philadelphia 76ers. This is not the only injury that the 23-year-old is dealing with as he is also playing through a torn ligament in his left wrist that will require offseason surgery.
In other related injury news, Steve Nash is a game-time decision for Sunday’s contest due to nerve irritation in his back. The 40-year-old was able to play 19 minutes without any setbacks occurring in Friday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves despite it being reported that he would miss the two-game road trip.
Nash has missed all but 12 games this season due to persistent nerve irritation in his back and left leg. With 10 games remaining in the season expect it to remain touch-and-go from here on out.
Photo Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / March 6, 2014
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