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Mike D'Antoni: Pau Gasol out until playoffs

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09:45 AM ET 02.25 | As if the Lakers can absorb more bad news. Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni suggested Pau Gasol won't return in the regular season after nursing torn plantar fascia in his right foot for the past three weeks. "By the time he gets back, we'll be in or out," D'Antoni said. "His impact will be in the playoffs if we get there." "I don't think anyone on this team is counting the days for Pau to come back because we don't have time," Lakers guard Steve Nash said. "Although we'd welcome him back this instance, we have to move on and try to win games without him." Gasol originally was expected to miss at least four to six weeks after suffering the injury in the final minutes of the Lakers' win Feb. 5 against the Brooklyn Nets. He expressed optimism last week he soon would walk without crutches. "It's close," D'Antoni said. "He might be using them, just barely."

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February 25, 2013  10:23 AM ET

Are You The New 'Bynum', Bro?

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February 25, 2013  10:28 AM ET
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Get better big man...! First, last, everything....!!Wait for it...!!






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February 25, 2013  10:42 AM ET

What playoffs? The ones you won't qualify for? lol



I hope the Spurs win it all so I if the lakers are 8th seed it's going to be tough for the Spurs.

They'll easily beat the lakers but we don't want to the big 3 to get tired.

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February 25, 2013  11:31 AM ET
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They are playing better without him.

True

February 25, 2013  11:32 AM ET
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So Pau will come back just in time to disrupt the playoffs? I hope not!

The Lakers most likely won't make the playoffs.

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February 25, 2013  12:00 PM ET
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Get better big man...! First, last, everything....!!Wait for it...!!

Word.

February 25, 2013  12:04 PM ET

Gasol is a mess, he could barely walk on Dr. Buss tribute. That injury is a bi----!

February 25, 2013  12:10 PM ET
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Oh they will make them, sir!

Really? I haven't seen anything that would indicate that.

February 25, 2013  12:18 PM ET
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What playoffs? The ones you won't qualify for? lolI hope the Spurs win it all so I if the lakers are 8th seed it's going to be tough for the Spurs. They'll easily beat the lakers but we don't want to the big 3 to get tired.

The NIT should consider inviting the Lakers to represent the West.

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