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Lakers second opinion confirms Pau Gasol out "minimum" 6-8 weeks

The Lakers doctors have confirmed that Pau Gasol has suffered a plantar fascia tear and will be out a minimum 6-8 weeks.

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Pau Gasol has received a second medical opinion on his foot, this time in Los Angeles with team doctors, and they have confirmed that Pau has suffered from a plantar fascia tear. He will be out a "minimum" 6-8 weeks because of the injury, reports Kevin Ding of the OC Register.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Lakers say Pau Gasol projected to be out a minimum of six to eight weeks because of his foot injury.</p>&mdash; KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) <a href="https://twitter.com/KevinDing/status/299666388686098432">February 7, 2013</a></blockquote>
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So much for the "4" weeks that other "sources" were projecting. The good news for the Lakers is that Dwight Howard has returned to the starting lineup, so while they will still be short-handed, they wont be empty-handed.

With the 6-8 weeks timetable it appears they will not be opting for surgery, as that would put them closer to a 12 week minimum recovery period. The official word on Pau Gasol's plantar fascia just became officially official.