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Gasol listed as day-to-day after MRI exam reveals bone bruise in knee

April 4, 2011 |  6:59 pm

It didn't seem like Pau Gasol was hurting too much.

He even tried to hide a smile as a couple dozen media members quickly descended upon him Monday after Lakers' practice. Yes, it was that big of a deal to see how his right knee was feeling.

An MRI exam Monday afternoon showed that Gasol had sustained a bone bruise in the knee. He is listed as day-to-day. The Lakers play Utah on Tuesday at Staples Center.

Gasol’s right knee buckled Sunday against Denver after an off-balance landing when he was fouled by Nene. Gasol went to the locker room for a few minutes before returning to the game.

"I feel actually a little better than I did [Sunday] night, which is a good sign," Gasol said Monday before knowing the results of the exam.

--Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Lakers Pau Gasol grabs his knee after being fouled by Nuggtes Nene at the Staples Center April 3, 2011. Gasol returned to the game. Credit: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times