Here’s some injury updates via Lakers.com – 01/16/2013.
Pau hasn’t played since he suffered a concussion back on January 6th versus Denver. He took a shot to the nose and took a while to recover. However, it seems he’s finally getting there and just in time:
“I feel better – a lot better, actually,” he said. “I feel 100 percent now. Got a good workout in today and everything felt good. Tomorrow will be a go.”
In his mind, at least, as we’ll remind again that he’ll need final approval from the doctor. Regardless, it’s been a difficult week and change for Gasol, battling his first concussion.
The Lakers play the Heat tomorrow, so any added length against Miami’s weak frontline would be helpful.
Hopefully, when Gasol does return, he will be rested – he was suffering from knee tendinitis and foot problems before he went out with the concussion, so if there’s any silver lining, it’s hopefully in Pau healing up a little bit.
Blake has been out since November 11th and has had a lot of set-backs. He underwent surgery back in December and saw complications arise from this – to try and rectify the problem, he had the revolutionary platelet-rich plasma injection into the areas that were ailing him. This is of course the treatment that Kobe somewhat pioneered after going to Germany back in the summer of 2011.
“It’s frustrating when you think you’re going to heal and be totally OK, and then take care of one thing, and it just magnifies another issue that I was having,” said Blake. “It’s part of the game, things you have to deal with your body, things are all kind of connected and they go together. You have to deal with it and do what you can.”
Blake is expected to see a return in the near future, as long as no other complications arise.
Perhaps Clark’s slight drop-off in production last night can be attributed to illness – he missed practice today with gastroenteritis and he is listed as “questionable” for tomorrow’s game versus the Heat.