Pau Gasol's return after tearing his plantar fascia has not been what Los Angeles Lakers fans had hoped for, but it's been everything that they feared.
Instead of easing the big man back into the lineup, Coach Mike D'Antoni started him in the last two games, which the Lakers lost, and he was very disappointing.
He played 20 minutes against Washington and 23 against Golden State, and scored 11 points combined. Thankfully he grabbed 8 rebounds in both, which is his average for the season.
However, it seems like D'Antoni is ready to relegate Gasol back to the bench. Ric Bucher tweeted out:
Source: Don't be surprised if Pau Gasol is coming off the bench at Minnesota on Wednesday after the Lakers went 0-2 upon his return.— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) March 26, 2013
Is it okay to be pleasantly surprised?
This should help the Lakers get off to a more explosive start since it's pretty obvious that Gasol's athleticism is still lacking.