Los Angeles Lakers Rumors: Pau Gasol Showing Early Signs Of Improvement, Will He Be Ready Before The Playoffs?

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Mar 08, 2013 10:24 AM EST
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Injured Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol works out before his team play against the Philadelphia 76ers in their NBA basketball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 16, 2012."

Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol has had a rough season adjusting to Mike D'Antoni's offense, often being shifted in rotation and eventually finding himself coming off the bench.

Gasol has also had to deal with a painful injury  after tearing his plantar fascia that has had him sidelined since Feb. 5 in a game against the Brooklyn Nets. MRIs and specialist have confirmed the tear and it was suggested that he would miss six to eight weeks, time in which the Lakers have truly missed.

However, there is some great news to report from Gasol's recovery process. He participated in running drills for the first time today, and reported his progress on Twitcam to all his followers.

While an exact return date is premature to give regarding Gasol, the mere fact that he felt minimal discomfort during running drills is promising. This means that his recovery seems to be on track, and Laker fans can all hope to see the Spaniard back on the court soon. Hopefully, the Lakers will be in a playoff spot by then as well.

The players are beginning to figure out the offense and the chemistry on the court is clearly improving. Los Angeles is looking more and more like a playoff team and it should only get better once Gasol returns to the lineup.

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