|Posted by James FitzGerald IV on February 6, 2013 at 8:20 PM|
The good news for the Los Angels Lakers is that lately they have actually been a competitive team. The Lakers have won six of their last seven games including a victory on Jan. 27th over the Oklahoma City Thunder which has seemed to be the catalyst for this stretch of solid play. However during their latest victory over the Brooklyn Nets , 92-83 at the Barclay Center on Tuesday night, the Lakers suffered a very critical blow to there hopes of getting back into the thick of the playoff race out West.
Pau Gasol felt a pop in his foot during the game which has been diagnosed to be a tear to his Plantar Fascia in his right foot. The Plantar Fascia is a piece of tissue that connects your heel to your toes. That diagnosis means that Gasol is going to be out a minimum of six weeks, but more than likely longer. What this means is that Dwight Howard, who has fell victim to the injury bug a few times this season, is going to have to play hurt because the Lakers have absolutely no one to play in the middle. It has been said that Howard has felt tingling in his legs due to problems with his back in which he has had surgery on in the offseason and rushed back to play from.
These injuries can spell even further disaster for the Lakers. Gasol has been in and out of the line-up a few times this season and Howard has been at 75% health for the most part this year. The Lakers really can't afford to have these issues at this time with a little over 30 games left in the season. The Lakers chances at making a push to get the eight seed in the Western Conference has taken a major blow with this latest occurence.
Kobe Bryant and the Lakers are going to have to play their best basketball the rest of the way under the worst conditions. If you have not wrote the Lakers off to this point you can get your pen ready and begin to because to me their season is officially done.