Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol suffered a strained left hamstring during Friday's Game 3 win over Cleveland and is uncertain of his Game 4 status.
In an injury-filled Bulls season, the All-Star forward became the latest casualty. Gasol has averaged 15.1 points and 9.9 rebounds in nine playoff games for the Bulls, who edged the Cavs on Derrick Rose's last-second buzzer beater. He'll undergo treatment on Saturday.
"I have to do some tests (Saturday), see how bad or good it is and then proceed from there," Gasol said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "I'm just hoping that it's not a bad tear or anything like that. Hamstrings are tricky and dangerous. Just hoping for the best and trying to stay positive.
"Hopefully I'll get up (Saturday) with not much soreness and I'll go the hospital and do whatever it is I have to do to find out what I have," Gasol added.
According to Steve Aschburner of NBA.com, Gasol said: “Early in the first quarter, it started to tighten up. It really bothered me. I thought it was going to loosen up and I was going to be able to push through it. The more I pushed through it, the worse it got.”
ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell speculated that Gasol's setback occurred in the first quarter of the game. Gasol said the injury had been nagging him since Game 2.
I think injury occurred in 1st half. Gasol came to bench and was being stretched out on floor by Bulls trainers.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) May 9, 2015
Gasol said he initially hurt hamstring in Game 2. Tried to play through it tonight but was in pain. Says he will keep icing it tonight.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) May 9, 2015