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Lakers' Pau Gasol (illness) won't play Friday against the Jazz

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Gasol is still sick and won't play against Utah. (USATSI)
Pau Gasol is still sick and won't play against Utah. (USATSI)

The Los Angeles Lakers are still trying to keep their head above water with the various injuries to their key players. The team is just 13-16 and battling without their starting backcourt while they currently sit three games behind the Dallas Mavericks for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

They'll have to continue to keep treading water Friday night when they face the Utah Jazz. Pau Gasol is still suffering from an upper respiratory infection and he'll miss Friday's game, according to

The Lakers received good news when Jordan Farmar returned to the lineup on Christmas Day, but now they will be without Pau Gasol at Utah on Friday evening. Gasol has been dealing with an upper respiratory illness and is being listed as day-to-day, according to Lakers PR.

Gasol did not practice on Thursday in advance of the team's flight and will not accompany the team to Salt Lake City.

“I think it's lingering a little bit,” coach Mike D'Antoni said. “I think it does affect him.”

This has been bothering Gasol for at least a week, as he missed the game against the Warriors on December 21 because of this same issue. It was the only game Gasol has missed this season. He played in both games since that loss to the Warriors but the problem still hasn't gone away. He's averaging 14.7 points and 9.4 rebounds on the season to go along with 3.1 assists. He's making a career worst 44.6 percent from the field.

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