Pau Gasol Close to Return and Should Be Starting

Feb 27, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers minority owner Patrick Soon-Shiong, Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio watch the game between the UCLA Bruins and the Arizona State Sun Devils at Pauley Paviliion. UCLA won in overtime 79-74. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Pau Gasol has been out of action since early February with a torn plantar fascia, but could return to the Los Angeles Lakers lineup as early as next week. And better yet – he will be in the starting lineup.

According to L.A. Times, Gasol should get get starting job back and replace the struggling Earl Clark:

Gasol will return to the starting lineup next week in place of struggling Earl Clark, unless conditioning reasons force him to come off the bench for a game or two, an unlikely event.

Despite the fact that Gasol has not been able to fully adjust to Mike D’Antoni’s system, this is great new for the Lakers. As the team is trying to make a playoff push, any help along the way will be welcomed.

Furthermore, Kobe Bryant is out indefinitely with a severe ankle sprain, which seriously jeopardizes the team’s position in the Western Conference standings.

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