The Los Angeles Lakers have some good news in a week that was filled with bad.
Pau Gasol has been healing from his torn plantar fascia in his right foot, and it seems like he is right on schedule to return.
As ESPN's Dave McMenamin points out, this means that Gasol would be back for the Washington Wizards game on March 22, if he heals in the shortest time frame that was given. He'll be able to play in the last 13 games of the season.
Since Gasol was injured, the Lakers have been 2-3, but that's not surprising since they are 25-29 overall. So, basically they are doing about the same with him as without.
Pau talked about the injury, saying:
“It’s a thing that you take one day at a time, and you go with the symptoms and see how well and how quick your body is able to heal. A certain injury varies from different individuals, so we’ve made a lot of good progress. I’m expecting to get off those crutches very soon, and we’re in the right path. That’s all I know right now two weeks into the injury."
Gasol has been plagued by injury all season, so maybe this is exactly what he needs to get better throughout his whole body. The Spaniard doesn't take much time off, since he plays for his national team during the off-season, and that is partly to blame for how worn down he has become.
While it isn't a full off-season of rest, this few weeks may be exactly what the doctor ordered to get him back to his old self again.