Gasol's strained hamstring not as bad as earlier one; Artest "99%" likely to play tonight
Good thing my dad's a doctor and my mom's a nurse.
It's time for the daily medical roundup: Pau Gasol is definitely out for tonight's game against Houston, Lamar Odom is feeling healthy enough to play, and Ron Artest is "99% sure" to be back on the court tonight, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said this afternoon.
The long-term news on Gasol was mildly promising for the Lakers, if there is such a thing for a player who has had two hamstring strains since October. Gasol missed the first 11 games of the season with a strained right hamstring, but isn't expected to miss as much time with a strained left hamstring.
"That was probably a 2 Grade [strain] and this is probably a 1," Jackson said. "That's good."
The Lakers aren't providing a timetable for his return other than to say he's out tonight.
Artest, however, will almost surely return after missing five games because of a concussion.
"Ron's doing fine," Jackson said. "He's probably going through a final check like an astronaut right now. We're 99% sure that it's going to be [a go] for tonight."
Odom is also expected to play after missing Monday's practice because of intestinal flu-like symptoms.
The front court will be the (mildly) resurgent Andrew Bynum, Odom and Artest.