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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Pau Gasol said Tuesday he is hopeful he will be able to return this season from the torn plantar fascia injury to his right foot.
"I hope," Gasol said after using crutches to make his way around the Lakers' practice facility on the team's first day back to work after the All-Star break. "It’s a thing that you take one day at a time, and you go with the symptoms and see how well and how quick your body is able to heal.
"A certain injury varies from different individuals, so we’ve made a lot of good progress. I’m expecting to get off those crutches very soon, and we’re in the right path. That’s all I know right now two weeks into the injury."
Gasol suffered the injury in the Lakers' 92-83 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Feb. 5. The 12-year veteran, who was averaging 13.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists before going down with the injury, was initially expected to be out 6-8 weeks.
If Gasol is able to return on the short end of that time frame, he could be back in the lineup when L.A. hosts the Washington Wizards on March 22 and for the final 13 games of the Lakers' season at that point.
The Lakers have gone just 2-3 since Gasol's injury.
Despite Gasol's injury and Jordan Hill's season-ending hip surgery, Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said the team has enough talent to stand pat as Thursday's NBA trade deadline approaches.
"We have the pieces," D'Antoni said. "It’s just not fitting together. It’s a little frustrating right now … I remain convinced that we have enough to do something right now and be pretty good."
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