Lakers forward Pau Gasol to start against Portland

PORTLAND (Sporting Alert) Star forward Pau Gasol will start for the Los Angles Lakers against the Portland Trail Blazers after being doubtful with a foot injury.

Gasol, who injured his right foot in the Lakers’ 126-114 defeat to the Denver Nuggets came through a fitness team and now will start alongside Kobe Bryant at the forward position.

Steve Nash and Darius Morris will start at the guard positions and Dwight Howard, who was ejected in the last game, is for the Lakers (14-15) back at center.

Starting for the Trail Blazers (14-13), who are coming off a win over the Kings, are Victor Claver and Damian Lillard at the point and shooting guard places, Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge at forward and J.J. Hickson at center.

Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angles Lakers Starters
When: 10:30 PM ET, Friday, December 28, 2012
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Officials: #61 Courtney Kirkland, #71 Rodney Mott, #66 Haywoode Workman
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Portland Trail Blazers: Victor Claver – G, Damian Lillard – G, Nicolas Batum – F, LaMarcus Aldridge – F, J.J. Hickson – C

Los Angles Lakers: Darius Morris – G, Steve Nash – G, Kobe Bryant – F, Pau Gasol – F, Dwight Howard – C

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