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Pau Gasol: Gets MRI on Monday

November 2, 2009 |  1:55 pm

No results yet, but that's the big news from practice Monday in El Segundo, ahead of the Lakers' first road trip of the season. Phil Jackson used the word "tear" speaking to the media and a sonogram on Gasol's hamstring may indicate that possibility. "The last diagnostic test we did showed he had a slight tear, so we wanted to see what that progress was," Jackson said when asked if the MRI was precautionary in nature. "I think it's going to turn out really well."

It's not happy news, but without knowing the exact nature of Gasol's injury, shouldn't necessarily cause alarm. Or more of it at least. When it comes to muscles, "strain" and "tear" can be a distinction without a difference. Sports medicine types out there can weigh in, but most strains involve some form of tearing in muscle fibers. The question is of degree, not necessarily language.

We'll know more about Gasol's status when the results come in, but he's not expected to play Tuesday in Oklahoma City or Wednesday in Houston. More from practice to come.