Lakers Big Man Suffers ‘Gross’ Injury Against Celtics
April 16, 2021
Los Angeles Lakers big man Marc Gasol suffered an injury in the game against the Boston Celtics. The theballzone.com/2021/04/lebron-james-recruited-6x-all-star-for-lakers/lost the game 121-113.
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said the injury was “gross” but praised Gasol for going back into the game.
“They popped it right back in there on the spot, kind of gross, and he went right back in there to play, which was a gutsy move,” Vogel said. “It was pretty awesome to see him continue on like that and play through something like that.”
The whole thing was caught on camera. Gasol’s finger popped out in the third quarter of the game.
Lakers big man feels great following the injury
The franchise said that Gasol had suffered a volar plate fracture to his left pinkie finger. Dave McMenamin from ESPN shared the update on Twitter. Gasol is questionable for Saturday’s game against the Utah Jazz.
Dr. Rajpal Brar of SB Nation discussed Gasol’s injury on Twitter.
“Volar plate fracture typically means an avulsion fracture where a ligament on the underside of the finger chipped off a small piece of bone,” Brar, a doctor of physical therapy, wrote. “Pretty mild injury since it’s on Marc’s off-hand pinky.”
The Spaniard was vital in the game. He finished the night with 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Let’s not forget that Gasol played just 21 minutes. He played just give minutes since April 6 prior to Thursday’s match. He was 7-of-10 from the field and hit a season-high four 3-pointers. Gasol was in a good mood and even cracked a joke about his injury.
“Adrenaline helps,” he said. “It’s my left hand. I don’t use it much anyways. So, we’ll see.”
Gasol sees less action following the signing of Andre Drummond. The newly-signed player went under center and Vogel bench the Spanish native. He had some struggles but elevated his game and gave LA the right numbers.
“I’ll stay ready. I’m going to tell you this: I’m fully committed to the team. I’ll stay ready when my number is called,” Gasol told reporters in an April 6 post-game press conference. “I understand we have to get Andre acclimated to what we’re trying to do. We have to get back our two main guys — Bron and A.D. whenever they come back — and they have to get that group going and get some chemistry going with the first unit for them. I’ll be ready no matter what happens. No matter if it’s five minutes, 10 minutes, if it’s whatever position. If it’s some nights, I might not play. But I’ll stay ready, no matter what. I made that commitment.”
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