Lakers lose Gasol to foot injury
Pau Gasol was diagnosed with a torn plantar fascia in his right foot Wednesday, indefinitely sidelining the 7-foot Spaniard at a key point...
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Pau Gasol was diagnosed with a torn plantar fascia in his right foot Wednesday, indefinitely sidelining the 7-foot Spaniard at a key point in the Los Angeles Lakers' belated rally to get in playoff position.
Gasol felt a pop in his foot Tuesday night late in the Lakers' 92-83 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. An MRI in Boston revealed the injury.
The Lakers (23-26) are losing Gasol right when their mostly miserable season is starting to improve with six wins in seven games, including three straight on their longest road trip of the season. Los Angeles also played the last three games without All-Star center Dwight Howard, who has a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Top backup big man Jordan Hill is out for the season with an injured hip.
"I'm hoping to recover asap so I can be back with the team and keep fighting until the end of the season," Gasol tweeted.
Gasol will fly to Los Angeles on Thursday to be examined by team physician Steve Lombardo and foot specialist Kenneth Jung. The Lakers announced they will give a timeline for Gasol's return after the examination, but the injury conceivably could keep Gasol out for several weeks or more if he undergoes surgery to repair the damage.
Gasol has been bothered by tendinitis in both knees and fasciitis for at least two months, hindering his progress since new coach Mike D'Antoni took over.
Gasol is averaging a career-low 13.4 points per game and 8.0 rebounds while playing in just 36 of the Lakers' 49 games.
Thunder beats Warriors
OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 25 points, Russell Westbrook added 22 and the Oklahoma City Thunder throttled the travel-weary Golden State Warriors 119-98 to win consecutive games for the first time in nearly three weeks.
Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Warriors didn't get settled in Oklahoma City until almost daybreak and it showed in the early going. The Thunder finally put it away with a 16-4 run to start the fourth quarter that featured 10 points from sixth man Kevin Martin.
That allowed coach Scott Brooks to go without Durant or Westbrook in the fourth quarter for the second straight game.
Former Cougars star Klay Thompson had 19 points for the Warriors.
• Commissioner David Stern said he thinks the NBA is on track to begin testing its players for human growth hormone, perhaps as early as next season.
• O.J. Mayo scored 28 points, Vince Carter hit a critical jumper in the final minute and the host Dallas Mavericks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 105-99 for coach Rick Carlisle's 500th career victory. LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 10 rebounds a week after he beat the Mavericks at the buzzer in Portland.
• John Wall had 21 points and nine assists, Trevor Ariza scored 20 points and the host Washington Wizards broke the New York Knicks' five-game winning streak with a 106-96 victory.
• Kevin Garnett scored a season-high 27 points with 10 rebounds as the Boston Celtics won their fifth straight game, 99-95 over the host Toronto Raptors.
• LeBron James scored 32 points, Dwyane Wade added 31 points and eight assists, and the host Miami Heat held off the Houston Rockets 114-108.