Pau Gasol will have to battle through another injury. Earlier this season, he missed games due to tendinitis in his knee, and now Gasol has been diagnosed with a mild case of plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis causes intense pain around the heel area when running or jumping. It's an inflammation of the tendon that runs across the bottom of the foot and attaches to the heel.
Despite the diagnosis, Gasol is expected to play tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers tonight says Mike Trudell of Lakers.com.
Lakers annouce that an MRI performed on @paugasol's right foot revealed plantar fasciitis. However, he's probable for Friday's game.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 28, 2012
The Lakers struggled early on this season without Steve Nash and Pau Gasol. However, the team has gotten both back, and they can ill-afford any more significant injuries. Fortunately, mild plantar fasciitis is generally manageable. If it is exacerbated, though, Gasol could miss significant time. The injury is one of the more unpredictable and can keep players out for weeks at a time.
Gasol is averaging 12.6 points per game and 3.9 assists per game. He has struggled all year and is still working on improving his productivity. The Lakers will need him as they try to climb out of the early-season hole they dug for themselves.
Los Angeles is 14-15 on the season. Their first goal is to get back to .500. Then they will focus on pushing their way back into the playoff picture. Of course, they will need a healthy team to do so.