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Pau Gasol diagnosed with mild plantar fasciitis, probable Friday

Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 26: Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on December 26, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Pau Gasol, just back three games after sitting out eight due to tendonitis in his knees, now has another body wear-and-tear injury pop up.

Following an MRI, Gasol was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, tweets official Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell. However, Gasol is listed as probable for the Lakers game Friday against Portland.

Plantar fasciitis is an irritation of the thick tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot that makes it painful to do things like run and jump. Or play basketball. It’s a fairly common issue for basketball players and it comes in degrees of severity.

While there are stretches and boots and socks and whatever else to help with plantar fasciitis, the only real cure is rest. Otherwise it can linger and worsen.

Gasol was shooting some threes against Denver, pretending to be a stretch four and trying to find his way in Mike D’Antoni’s offense. It’s been and up and down process, to be kind about it. But he is doing better at it than Dwight Howard lately.

We will see how the Lakers deal with Gasol and his latest malady. I’d suggest cutting back his minutes but that doesn’t seem to be Mike D’Antoni’s plan with any of his players.