Pau Gasol listed as day-to-day with strained left hamstring
Lakers forward Pau Gasol sat out Thursday's practice while receiving treatment for a strained left hamstring, an injury that prompted him to leave in the third quarter of the Lakers' 109-99 loss Wednesday to the Memphis Grizzlies.
With the team listing Gasol as day-to-day, he and Coach Phil Jackson aren't definitive with his status for Friday's game against Sacramento. But they appear intent on keeping him on the court.
"He's a pretty resilient player," Jackson said. "We think he can play."
Gasol said his current strain doesn't feel as painful as the strained right hamstring that sidelined him for the first 11 games of the 2009-2010 season, or the strained left hamstring that kept him out of six games during the middle of last season. But he acknowledged that the initial pain he felt in the second quarter of the 98-96 loss Tuesday to the Memphis Grizzlies served as a warning that it might get worse.
"When you have a little history with it, you get concerned," said Gasol, who added that he's had trouble running. "But you try to do your best handling it and not aggravating it too much. Just trying to help the team."
Gasol has logged a team-leading 39.1 minutes this season, with Andrew Bynum rehabbing from a surgically repaired knee and Theo Ratliff recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Bynum participated again in Thursday's practice on half-court four-on-four drills, while Ratliff began running on an anti-gravity treadmill.
The Lakers won't fully know Gasol's status until they see how a day of ice treatment and rest helps his hamstring leading into their contest Friday with Sacramento.
"I'm sure it has something to do with it," Gasol said when asked if his workload contributed to the strained left hamstring. "We're short-handed already. I just try to be out there as much as I can and do as much as I can. You don't want anything extremely bad to happen that will put you out, but you have to tough it out right now, suck it up and hopefully get a couple of guys back."
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