Pau Gasol is set to miss out against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, after he failed to recover from the vertigo that has sidelined him for the past week.
Gasol hasn’t played in four encounters because of the ailment, and Mike D’Antoni, the Lakers coach, admitted when quizzed about the Spaniards condition, “Better, but he looks a little loopy. I don’t think he’ll be able to play today.”
D’Antoni reached this conclusion after watching his team have a shoot-around on Sunday morning, but it was also reported that Gasol only did some cardio and didn’t participate in any on court activities.
These sentiments were also tweeted out by the officials Los Angeles Lakers Twitter account, who declared:
Pau Gasol is still listed as doubtful for tonight. He did some cardio this morning but nothing on the court with the team.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 30, 2014
Gasol left the Lakers’ victory over the Orlando Magic last Sunday after just 19 minutes after complaining of feeling dizzy and nauseous.
He was always expected to miss the three games that the Lakers played in the middle of the week, and he didn’t even travel to either Minnesota or Milwaukee. However, it was believed that he’d have an outside chance of taking part against the Suns.
Against Milwaukee and Minnesota the Lakers lost both encounters, which was especially embarrassing because the former side are widely regarded as the NBA’s worst team, while the Timberwolves inflicted their heaviest ever victory over the Lakers with a 143-107 triumph.
Lakers fans will be praying that Gasol makes a comeback in the near future as he has already sat out of thirteen games this season, and without him the Lakers have a 3-10 record.
Gasol has also averaged 17.5 points and 9.8 rebounds this season, made 48.1% of his shots and provided 3.3 assists per game, which has made him one of the side’s stand-out performers.
There was further bad news for Lakers fanatics too as it was confirmed that Xavier Henry’s right knee has once again flared up and that Steve Nash still isn’t 100% fit because of the recurring nerve damage in his back. Henry has missed two months of the season with his injury already.
Going into tonight’s contest at the Staples Center, the Lakers are 24-48 while the Suns are 44-29. The Suns are regarded as favorites as they have already beaten the Lakers three times this year, averaging 117.3 points along the way.
[Image via Howcheng/Wikimedia]