Spain says Pau Gasol OK

PANEVEZYS, Lithuania -- Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol is expected to be fit for the second round of EuroBasket, despite sitting out Spain's
65-57 defeat on Turkey on Monday.

The Spaniards were already guaranteed first place in Group A of the competition and opted not to risk Gasol, who sustained a minor ankle sprain during Sunday's victory over the tournament hosts.

"He is day to day," said Spain coach Sergio Scariolo. "He's having treatment and the doctors will assess him before the second round begins."

Mark Woods is a freelance writer based in Scotland whose work appears regularly in British publications.