Gasol says likely return Dec. 22

WASHINGTON — Pau Gasol apparently knows the NFL injury-report guidelines pretty well.

Using the standard created for pro football players, the Lakers forward declared himself doubtful for Sunday’s game against Philadelphia, questionable for next Tuesday against Charlotte and probable for Dec. 22 against Golden State.

It looks like at least another week before he returns from tendinitis in his knees.

“There’s no definites right now,” Gasol said on Friday.

Gasol has not played since Dec. 2, the Lakers going 2-5 in his absence through Friday’s victory at Washington.

He has started running on a treadmill, a step in the right direction for his return.

“I’m feeling better,” Gasol said. “We don’t want to risk going back to the way it was before. We’re taking it one step at a time so we won’t have any setbacks and I won’t have to be out any longer than I need to.”

Gasol is averaging 12.6 points and shooting only 42 percent. He has seen the Lakers slide without him, undoubtedly.

“We haven’t obtained the results that I would like and we would like to as a team lately,” Gasol said. “Hopefully it’ll all be better later on.”