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News » Team reports: Lakers need Gasol back

Team reports: Lakers need Gasol back

Team reports: Lakers need Gasol back
It's possible Pau Gasol will return to action for the Lakers on Sunday night when they play host to Washington at Staples Center. The Lakers would love to have Gasol back for a game to get acclimated again before the Lakers resume play against Western Conference competition to end the regular season. Gasol is nursing a sprained ankle.

After facing Washington, the Lakers play host to Portland and Dallas — although the last time the Lakers had a visiting Eastern Conference team in town, it was all kinds of trouble. The Lakers lost, 108-95, to the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night at Staples.

The Lakers didn't have much trouble with Washington on Feb. 3, winning by a 103-91 count just before Gasol played his first game. But Caron Butler, the former Laker, wasn't 100 percent that game because of his hip injury. Butler is back now, whereas the Lakers are banged up — with Derek Fisher (foot) and Gasol both questionable.

So true. And now that the Hawks are 32-40 and a game-and-a-half ahead of New Jersey for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, it's time for Bibby to lead them to the next phase: turning that small cushion into a bigger one.

"We have to spread this thing out a little bit," Bibby said. "There aren't many games left. We have to cross everybody out of the picture and we'll be fine."

HAWKS 106, BULLS 103: There's a reason the Hawks' playoff hopes have been on life support the last three months. Losing leads of 19 and 22 points in the same game the way they did in Friday night's nail-biting 106-103 win over Chicago at Philips Arena is a sparkling reminder.

Sure, the Hawks held on to beat the Bulls. But that was after doing everything in their power to toss yet another game they should have won going away onto the mile-high pile of missed opportunities that have come to define their season.

If Ben Gordon's 27-footer at the buzzer hadn't rolled off the rim, the Hawks would have had to take their chances in overtime against a rugged Bulls team that was charging back for the win. Marvin Williams secured the rebound of that miss to preserve the win for the Hawks.

Rookie center Al Horford provided the game-winning points on a fast break dunk with five seconds to play, having slipped behind the Bulls' defense on an inbounds play.

"Everybody got caught looking at the ball and I just took off," said Horford, who finished with 16 points, three rebounds and two blocks. "I thought there was less time on the clock than there was but I knew I had to go score and make sure we had the cushion.

"The worst part is we had those leads. But Chicago is such a tough team, they never go away. We did get a little complacent out there, but fortunately guys stepped up and made big plays and were able to hold them off and get the win."

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