Official PimpCast: Trail Blazers vs. Lakers, 4/2/08, 7:30PM PST, Staples Center
7:30PM PST // 10:30PM EST
Television: Fox Sports West, NBA League Pass
Radio: LA Laker Radio Station
Season Record vs. Blazers: 1 - 1
This is the official gamecast for the Blazers vs. Lakers.
The Western Conference race continues to be as tight as ever. March Madness in the NBA was great and it continues into April. Every game counts! The Lakers play the Blazers two more times (tonight at home and April 8th at Portland) with so little time remaining in the season.
The Lakers could hopefully get some minutes from Pau Gasol (thanks to the Lakers training staff). His status is day to day. If he plays, this will make a huge difference as the Lakers have not had any post presence since Pau went down with an ankle sprain. If Pau plays, the Lakers win. The Lakers do need to bring the intensity to win, however. If they approach the game in a lackluster fashion, they will lose. Let's hope the Zen Master has done some more medition with his players!
The Lakers received their most upbeat medical report in weeks after practice on Tuesday: Pau Gasol is expected to play tonight when the Lakers play host to the Portland Trail Blazers, after missing nine games because of a sprained left ankle.
Gasol underwent a full practice Tuesday, afterward labeling his ankle a little sore but showing progress.
His ankle is not fully healed but good enough to give it a go tonight.
"That's the main question, right?" Gasol said. "If nothing crazy happens and the ankle responds well to the work today, I think it's a pretty good guess that I'll be out there."