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Lakers' Pau Gasol expected to play tonight; Theo Ratliff progressing

Imagine that. There's actually some positive injury news involving the Lakers' big men.

Pau Gasol will probably play Friday night against Sacramento despite a sore left hamstring and Theo Ratliff was using an elliptical machine after the Lakers' shoot-around Friday morning.

Ratliff has been sidelined since having cartilage removed from his left knee Nov. 16, but he appears to be within two weeks from returning. Despite meager stats before his injury, the Lakers can use him, seeing as how Gasol and Lamar Odom have routinely been logging 40-plus minutes a game without Ratliff and Andrew Bynum in the lineup.

"He's moving along quickly," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "We hope it's not so quick that he beats Andrew back ... not that we hope it's not, but it would be kind of ironic, wouldn't it?"

Ratliff, 37, has also been running on an anti-gravity treadmill that reduces stress on the body.

"It looks like somewhere in the next two weeks, things are going to turn around for him," Jackson said.

Ratliff, in his first season with the Lakers, was averaging 0.3 points and 1.6 rebounds in 8.3 minutes a game while feeling continual pain in his knee.

Gasol began experiencing soreness in his hamstring Tuesday against Memphis and had his worst game of the season the following night, scoring eight points on two-for-eight shooting against Houston.

"He's going forward just like he's going to play and if anything disruptive will happen, he'll pull the plug on it and we'll sit him out [Friday night]," Jackson said. "He anticipates that he'll be able to play."

-- Mike Bresnahan

 
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"He's moving along quickly," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "We hope it's not so quick that he beats Andrew back ... not that we hope it's not, but it would be kind of ironic, wouldn't it?"

I love Phil.

Nothing is easier than spending other peoples' money, but it turns out the Lakers should have gone out and gotten a big man to help out the last month or so.


The Lakers will survive this and come together, the only propbelm being they have put home court at risk. But Boston will have injuries and struggles, San Antonio will, Miami already has.


Maybe this makes complaceny less of an issue?

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ouchhhhhhhhhhhhhhh - Oh no you exposed me! I note in the recap how Kobe passed at the last second in mid air. But Ron still had time to either shoot right away or find the open man. He did neither

Posted by: Mark Medina | December 03, 2010 at 11:42 AM

humor me. u r always defensive and avoid the real subject. the post was about Gasol. obviously you don't want to go there.

but if you really want to be EXPOSED, here we go

yesterday on the Live Chat Mar Medina had a moment, a confessional moment: I love how the guilt/confession come as a Mark-ed territory with certain practices

Mark Medina was an Orlando fan

but, when Snaq left Orlando, Mark's allegiance to the TEAM disappeared just to follow Snaq to the Lakers (remember, our own elder of the blog, LakerTom, who followed Wilt and became a new fan of the new TEAM??????)

and Mark is a Lakers fan. not anymore. actually with the departure of Snaq, who was sent out of town By none other than KOBE (that font), Medina lost any allegience to any team. maybe the Heat? who cares

so Medina. why don't you like KOBE????????????

a. because u r from Philly

b. because u loved Snaq

c. … i will leave this for later. i don't want to EXPOSE everything in one day. we have many more seasons to REMEMBER

-----------------------------------------

but becuase u had a sille come back comment with the ball in the air, going back to the 3 games lost by Artest :

(and forget what SS&R - they don't accuse him of losing games, just that his DEFENSE is poor lately - yes, i prefer to take infor from there than from YOU)

WHAT WAS ARTEST FAULT IN THE UTAH GAME??????????

u never elaborated on that one, but you JAMMED the 3 losses on ARTEST. how CONVENIENT. the Pau-la defense.

Finally get to watch a Laker's game tonight. We've all seen the Lakers right the ship between games. Last time I remember it happening was Game 5 of the first round of the playoffs last year. They looked like they were headed to a 7 game dogfight with the Thunder and then just trounced them with fluid ball movement and great defense. I hope to see something similar tonight. Up by 20 by halftime - anything less and I will crawl back into my hole and not watch another Laker game ever again...until the next nationally televised game or game against the Kings, which ever comes first.

Where's Sonny Belfast? Is he only going to come back if the Kings win so he can gloat?

Go Lakers!

ouchhhhhhhhhhhhh - What are you talking about? Cannot fathom...but ramble on, man!

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I know this LAT LB, but I just want to comend the fans of Cleveland for behaving in a civil manner (mostly). Outside of a couple of small incidents (Which Laker fans have matcheed our out done as recently as last season) the reception was as it should be, audio only with some signs that were appropriate for kids.


The only thing that ground my gears was Le Bron ambling over to the Cavs bench and chatting it up like they were in line for DQ Blizzard or something. Not cool. Someone should've thrown a Gatorade (Haterade?) in his face. Totally agreed with the commentators who were like, "It's these kids today, what with their i-what-not-gobbledy-gook...GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!" in their critique. Magic would never chatted with Bird in game, he did his kissy face thing with Isiah...in pre-game and nobody on the Lakers was cool with it. it was tolerated because it was Magic, but nobody was cool with it.


Anyhow, it could have been classless and depressing, but the fans did the right thing. Stay classy, Cleveland.

we had Gassy the co-MVP - last year

we had Gassy ERA

we had Perfect Gassy

we had Triple-Gassy

we had TOUCHY Gassy

we had Gassy the best BIG to play the game

we have Gassy the MVP

and last but not least, Gassy the HERO, playing with a SORE Hammy.

i guess, one has to re-invent themselves: the Pau-la charade

i'm Gassed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Lakers will survive this and come together, the only propbelm being they have put home court at risk.

Posted by: Tom Daniels | December 03, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Oh cmon T.D
Are we all that spoiled as fans?
As if 4 losses don't matter. As if Kobe's knee isn't a SCARY problem, as if Fisher being Fisher isn't a problem. As if Pau making excuses this early in the season isn't a problem, as if Artest pulling practical jokes when the real joke is his game on the court isn't the problem.

Gassy had 8 Points on 2-8 shooting and 8 rebs in Houston

the curse of the 888

God, I'm not sure why I have such hatred for Lebron, but the fact that the cavs lost last night felt worse to me than some of the Laker losses this season. Phred, I think you said you were in the behavioral health field. What's my diagnosis? Umm, on second thought, please keep that to you yourself...I don't want to know.

I think the cavs were tooo nice. By the time I got home, half the game was over and it looked like a blowout. Lebron was on his way to his highest score game of the year. If I were the cavs, I would have used all my subs to commit hard fouls on lebron and put him to the line. I would have sent multiple guys at him and made one of the other heat beat me, not Lebron. I heard he was taunting the cavs bench and owners by the end (is this true?). Definitely would have set a hard screen or done a Mchale clothesline or something. Jeez...it seemed like they just laid down and let their former "King" walk all over them. Too bad. Now the whole town is dejected - if they lost but Lebron had a crappy game, at least they could have claimed some moral victory.

Something is seriously wrong with me...

oucchhh - you need to take some Rolaids and get off Pau's back...

We never would have gone to 3 straight finals without him...

By the way...according to fantasy league stats...

Pau Gasol is the ranked #2 only behind CP3 at #1...

@63 - you beat me to it; i was thinking the same thing.

"He's moving along quickly," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "We hope it's not so quick that he beats Andrew back ... not that we hope it's not, but it would be kind of ironic, wouldn't it?"

hello andrew... can you hear your coach through the media? he's calling out your name andrew.

PHIL IS THE BEST!

I'm feelin' it.

WE HAVE THE BEST COACH AND THE BEST PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE TODAY!!!

Phil is already the GOAT and Kobe is still forging his legacy. We will "witness" some serious stuff from Mamba this seaon; it's only going to get better folks.

GO LAKERS!!

frmkt - "WE HAVE THE BEST COACH AND THE BEST PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE TODAY!!! "

How can I possibly disagree with that? Add in best owner, best FO, and best team, and I'm totally there. Oh, and best Son-of-a-Walton, too.

ouchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... please, please, leave the bottle and take the books.

Without Gasol this Lakers would not have gained any ring. Repeat with me: without Gasol no ring.

What say your mother about your Gasol obsession ??

"He's moving along quickly," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "We hope it's not so quick that he beats Andrew back ... not that we hope it's not, but it would be kind of ironic, wouldn't it?"

Priceless.

Well, Mitch has NOT been the best since the season started (although he did fabulous job during offseason in upgrading the Lakers roster.) Actually, I have not heard from him for a while. He didn't do anything to resolve the thin front line issue. I dont know if it is him or Buss who didn't want to sign a big man. I know Phil wanted to have another big man ever since Ratliff went down.

As long as Lakers don't get blown out by the Kings, I'll be a happy camper. As long as steps are made toward someday winning a game again, I'll be a happy camper. It's simply too early to hop off the bus, folks. These things take time.


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