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Pau Gasol still not cleared to return from concussion

January 10, 2013|By Eric Pincus
  • Pau Gasol has already missed 10 games this season.
Pau Gasol has already missed 10 games this season. (Michael Perez / Associated…)

According to Lakers.com, Pau Gasol has not been cleared to return from a concussion he sustained Sunday night against the Denver Nuggets.

Gasol will be reevaluated Friday morning before the Lakers host the Oklahoma City Thunder.  The forward/center has already missed 10 games this season, eight with knee tendinitis.

The league has a stringent concussion policy and while Gasol has shown improvement, "he is still not cleared to play basketball," according to the website. Gasol was examined by Dr. Vern Williams.

Additionally, Dwight Howard is scheduled to be reevaluated next week and will miss Friday night's game against the Thunder with a shoulder injury.

The Lakers are also without Jordan Hill, their top reserve big man, who is out with a "small tear to the labrum of his left hip" and will be looked at again next week.

Steve Blake is also trying to return from abdominal surgery, but he too may be a couple of weeks away from a return.

The short-handed Lakers (15-20) have lost five in a row going into their game against the 27-8 Thunder.

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Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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