The 32-year-old All-Star is out indefinitely for the next six to eight weeks. What a blow for the Lakers! ūüôĀ
Details and video inside:
Pau felt a pop in his right foot during the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s game against the Nets; his MRI on Wednesday revealed a partial tear of his right plantar fascia. If he undergoes surgery to repair the tear, he could miss up to three months. This is truly a devastating blow for the Lakers! Just when they put all the pieces of the puzzle together, one piece gets injured.
If you missed it, here’s a video of Pau injuring his right plantar fascia:
A bit more information from Yahoo Sports:
The timing is especially awful considering Gasol’s recent uptick in form. After a dreadful start to the season that saw him¬†shoot just 42 percent from the field through L.A.’s first 17 games, look largely ineffective as a floor-spacing four alongside Howard and struggle after missing two weeks withtendinitis in both knees, he’d started to come on over the past month, averaging¬†15.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 31.5 minutes of run¬†since Jan. 6. In three straight starts with Howard sitting due to shoulder pain, Gasol had averaged¬†20 points and 8.7 rebounds¬†in 37 minutes per game, shooting 49 percent from the field and nearly 85 percent from the foul line.
The Los Angeles Lakers have won 6 out of their last 7 games, and they are on a tear (absolutely no pun intended). I still believe the Lakers will sneak into the playoffs. They’ve finally found the hunger, the drive, the sense of urgency, the emotion, and the chemistry that I’ve been searching for all season long. Even though their roster sustained many injuries this year, they’re still in the game. They’re gradually climbing up the ladder now. The regular season ain’t over until it’s over…. specifically, until the 82nd game of the Regular 2012-2013 season.
Get well soon, Pau! We miss you already!