Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol missed Tuesday night’s game against Houston because of tendinitis in both knees.
Gasol has dealt with the condition since training camp and says it hasn’t “really improved” since then, prompting the Lakers to rule him out.
“We just kept it under control and I was hoping that we would see some kind of improvement, and some kind of pain relief,” he said. “But it hasn’t happened. So we had to make a decision.”
Gasol, who is averaging 12.6 points and 8.8 rebounds this season, is listed as day-to-day.
He said he was hoping that he wouldn’t have to miss any time.
“It’s something that I didn’t want to think. I didn’t want that thought to cross my mind,” he said. “But it got to the point that I had to face the reality of the situation. I talked to the training staff and talked to the doctors and made a decision for the best, I think.”
The Lakers began a three-game trip Tuesday and play New Orleans on Wednesday and Oklahoma City on Friday.
Gasol says he doesn’t know if he’ll play in the next two games.
He said the pain has really limited what he has been able to do this season and that he experiences it when running, jumping and especially when he needs to get low.
“It’s a game that if you don’t get low, you don’t have a good base ... you don’t have the force and explosiveness that you need to,” he said.
Veteran Antawn Jamison started in his place against the Rockets.
Brook Lopez and Reggie Evans missed Brooklyn’s game against Oklahoma City on Tuesday night, leaving the Nets without their leading scorer and top rebounder.
Lopez missed a third straight game with a sprained right foot. The Nets have said the injury to their starting center is unrelated to the broken foot that helped limit him to just five games last season.
Lopez, who was hurt last Wednesday in Boston, is averaging 18.5 points.
Evans, a reserve forward averaging 8.4 rebounds, has the flu.
Wizards’ Wall still out
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is still not ready to practice — and coach Randy Wittman says he has no idea when his best player will return.
Wall hasn’t played at all this season for Washington, which was an NBA-worst 1-13 heading into its game against the Heat on Monday.
When the Wizards announced on Sept. 28 that Wall was diagnosed with the early stages of a stress injury to his left knee cap, they said he didn’t need surgery and probably would be sidelined for about two months.
Asked when Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, might return, Wittman replied: “I can’t give you one. I don’t know what you want me to say.”
Wittman continued: “I mean, right now, we’re still progressing the way we are with his rehab. He’s not been on the floor to practice. He’s been on the floor to shoot some, but he’s not progressed to the point that he can get out and practice. So obviously until that happens, I don’t know what that timetable’s going to be.”
During the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, Wall led the Wizards by averaging 16.3 points and eight assists. He also topped the team with 95 steals and averaged 4.5 rebounds.
The Wizards finished 20-46, the second-worst record in the league.
In September, Wall said he “started feeling discomfort” about a month earlier, when he got an MRI exam that did not show any problems. But Wall was still bothered by his knee while working out, got a second opinion, which uncovered the injury.