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Gasol to sit vs. Atlanta

October 31, 2009 |  7:13 pm

It seemed like a longshot anyway, but Phil Jackson confirmed Saturday at practice that Pau Gasol won't play tomorrow against Atlanta at Staples, thanks to his strained right hamstring that again kept him on the sidelines this afternoon as it has since an exhibition game on October 9. As I wrote the other day, the Lakers are going to be exceedingly careful with Pau, and aren't likely to let him suit up for a game until he's practiced in full- at least once- and come back the next day without complications.

The following shouldn't be used for gambling purposes as it's purely speculative, but I wouldn't expect to see Gasol Tuesday in Oklahoma City, nor, considering the lack of a full practice day in between, Wednesday in Houston. Hopefully I'm wrong (wouldn't be the first time) but my read says Friday at home against Memphis is the next target for Gasol's return.