EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Lakers are likely to be without two of their most experienced players when they welcome the surging New York Knicks to Staples Center on Tuesday.
Neither Pau Gasol (vertigo) nor Steve Nash (sore right hamstring) participated in Tuesday morning's shootaround and they are considered doubtful to play against the Knicks, according to Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni.
Gasol, who exited the Lakers' 103-94 win over the Orlando Magic at halftime Sunday because of dizziness and nausea and spent the night in the hospital after being administered three liters of fluids via an IV, is improving, according to D'Antoni.
"(Lakers trainer) Gary (Vitti) said he feels a little bit better today," said D'Antoni, adding that Gasol was going to be re-evaluated by an ear, nose and throat specialist Tuesday afternoon. "We’ll just see how it goes."
Gasol made it sound like he would not be available when the Lakers take on a New York team that has won eight of its last nine games:
I'm home after spending a day at the hospital. It's time for me to recover and be back to full strength asap.Thanks so much for your support
- Pau Gasol (@paugasol) March 25, 2014
D'Antoni said that Chris Kaman, who has not played in the Lakers' last 10 games, would start in Gasol's place.
"Either it’s very short minutes for him, or he starts, and he’s a much better starter," said D'Antoni. "It wasn’t even his fault. It’s just the way it works out."
D'Antoni said that he chose Kaman to start alongside Jordan Hill rather than going with Wesley Johnson or Ryan Kelly at the stretch 4 position in part because of New York's frontline of Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire and in part because of a shift in strategy to close out the final 13 games of the season.
"We’re kind of settling in this way for awhile," said D'Antoni.
Nash will undergo a pregame workout to make the final determination on whether he will play or not.
Xavier Henry, who tore a ligament in his left wrist last week, will return to the lineup after sitting out Sunday.