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Pau Gasol has mild-to-moderate left hamstring strain

Lakers forward Pau Gasol sustained a mild to moderate strain in his left hamstring, according to an MRI exam Monday morning.

Fabforum He is doubtful tomorrow against Houston (in other words: he ain't playing) and is day-to-day after that, according to the Lakers.

Gasol was seen by team doctor Steve Lombardo a day after being able to play only seven minutes against Dallas.

Gasol missed the first 11 games of the season because of a strained hamstring in his right leg. He was averaging 17.3 points, 12 rebounds and 3.5 assists before Sunday's game.

If Ron Artest returns to the lineup after missing five games because of a concussion, the Lakers' starting front court against Houston will almost surely be Artest, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom, assuming Odom's intestinal issues have cleared by tomorrow. (Odom missed practice today because of stomach problems. Artest practiced without any complaints.).

--Mike Bresnahan

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