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Lakers' Pau Gasol could be back Monday or maybe tonight

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Pau Gasol's return is much-needed for the Lakers. (Getty Images)
Pau Gasol's return would be much-needed lift for the Lakers. (Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers could really use another All-Star in the lineup with Kobe Bryant's playing status in doubt and not knowing what he could bring even if he does play. In the event that Metta World Peace doesn't go back to his playing ways of eight years ago, the best chance the Lakers have at getting another player of that caliber is if Pau Gasol can return soon from his torn plantar fascia and get back to playing good basketball.

That might not be such a stretch with Gasol feeling great as of late and possibly returning sometime between Friday night and Monday. From Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register:

According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, Gasol seemed to imply that playing Friday night against the Indiana Pacers was even a possibility for the big man, who hasn't been in a game since February 5 against the Brooklyn Nets.

Even if Gasol isn't back until Monday's game in Phoenix against the Suns, getting back part of their "twin towers" type of roster makeup could be a huge boost. There will obviously be some time needed to get Gasol conditioned properly and in rhythm with his teammates (he and Dwight Howard have struggled to find any consistency playing alongside each other), but a healthy body that happens to be an extremely talented player is a boost for the Lakers right now.

Gasol recently resumed basketball activities and said he played 2-on-2 basketball in Indiana.

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