Wednesday , Apr , 02 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Pau Gasol to Return Tonight

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." [LA Times]