Report: Lakers' Gasol won't play vs. Mavericks

Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol won't play Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks due to a strained right hamstring, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Before MFFLs breathe a big sigh of relief, let me remind folks that the Washington Wizards didn't have their high-scoring power forward in the season opener against the Mavs. And Andray Blatche came off the bench to look like a star in the Wizards' win, putting up 20 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

With Gasol out, the Lakers simply slide Lamar Odom into the starting frontcourt between Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest. Dirk Nowitzki will still have his hands full on the defensive end.