Centre may not join the struggling team on its upcoming road-trip.
The Los Angles Lakers season continues to go from bad to worse with news coming from the team that starting centre Pau Gasol may miss some time due to a groin injury.
Gasol will have an MRI on the area on Saturday ahead of team’s three-game road trip to Minnesota, Cleveland and Philadelphia.
“I don’t know,” Gasol said Friday night, when asked if he thought this injury would keep him from playing.
“I’m getting an MRI tomorrow so we’ll see what it is because there’s something going on. I re-aggravated it and that’s not good for anyone.”
Gasol has been playing hurt and with niggling injuries for most of this season, with a sore toe and lesser groin injury hampering him in the past week, as he looks to try and help the struggling Lakers whose record is now just 16-31.
“I’m playing with a tape job that might have caused some issues with loads,” he said. “So one thing is leading to the next one. I’m trying to play through it and I’ve been playing through it, trying to do my very best because I don’t like to let my team down when things are not going the right way.”
The Lakers racked up their 31st loss of the season, going down to the Charlotte Bobcats 110-100 at the Staples Center, with the team’s 12th loss for January the first time they have lost a dozen games in a calender month since 1964.
Gasol, who had 24 points and nine rebounds in the loss to the Bobcats, said he tried to battle through the pain but said it would be better for the team to know how series the damage was to his groin.
“We tried hard to make it feel better and calm it down. But once the game started and I did certain moves, I re-aggravated it and we’ll see what the MRI says,” Gasol said.