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Pau Gasol will not play against Oklahoma City Thunder, Earl Clark to start

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Pau Gasol will miss tonight's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Mike D'Antoni will start Earl Clark.

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Pau Gasol has been out of action since being elbowed by Javale "Did I Do That" McGee Sunday. Reports were that the big man would be re-evaluated after the Lakers two game road trip, and now per Mike Trudell Gasol will also miss this evening's prime time game.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Pau Gasol (concussion) is out for tonight’s game vs OKC. He was re-examined by Dr. Williams today but was not cleared to play.</p>&mdash; Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) <a href="https://twitter.com/LakersReporter/status/289809054241525760" data-datetime="2013-01-11T19:00:37+00:00">January 11, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Starting in his place? Earl Clark (who will be matched up with Kevin Durant)!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Pau Gasol (concussion) is out for tonight’s game vs OKC. He was re-examined by Dr. Williams today but was not cleared to play.</p>&mdash; Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) <a href="https://twitter.com/LakersReporter/status/289809054241525760" data-datetime="2013-01-11T19:00:37+00:00">January 11, 2013</a></blockquote>
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It's an experiment, no doubt, but one worth tinkering with at this point in the season. Why is Mike D'Antoni going with Earl Clark?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>D’Antoni said LAL can actually gain both size &amp; speed with Earl Clark in the line up, as he can get out in transition &amp; defend big men.</p>&mdash; Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) <a href="https://twitter.com/LakersReporter/status/289810448168153088" data-datetime="2013-01-11T19:06:09+00:00">January 11, 2013</a></blockquote>
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So, there you have it. No Pau Gasol, but more Earl Clark.