Lakers center Pau Gasol ruled out against Jazz
Lakers center Pau Gasol has been ruled out against the Utah
Jazz, further weakening an already depleted lineup for Los
Gasol, who has been fighting an upper respiratory infection,
didn’t practice Thursday or join the Lakers on their flight to
Utah. He began feeling the effects of the illness about a week ago
and sat out a 102-83 loss to Golden State last Saturday, the only
game he’s missed all season. He had 13 points and 13 rebounds
against Miami on Christmas Day.
Chris Kaman will make his fifth start of the season Friday night
in place of Gasol, who averages 14.7 points and 9.4 rebounds. Kobe
Bryant (knee), Steve Nash (back) and Steve Blake (elbow) remain
sidelined for Lakers, who have lost three in a row.