Chicago Bulls big man Pau Gasol has missed the Bulls’ last two games with a hamstring injury, but Gasol will be back in the lineup in Game 6 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday:
Gasol said he made good progress today and had "no residual pain". Said he will try to play Game 6.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) May 13, 2015
Chicago lost both games that Gasol missed, including a 106-101 loss in Cleveland on Tuesday night that put the Cavaliers up 3-2 in the series. Both losses were marred by scoring droughts that could possibly have been avoided if Gasol were available.
Rookie Nikola Mirotic failed to step up in the place of Gasol, while Taj Gibson contributed some uneven play. Gibson was bad in Game 4, but he started strong in Game 5 before tailing off and ultimately getting ejected after getting into it with Matthew Dellavedova.
While Gasol will try and give it a go in Game 6, it remains to be seen just how effective he’ll be. He certainly won’t be 100 percent (or even close to it), and that could be a major problem on the defensive side of the ball. On the other hand, just having his presence on offense should help, and moving Gibson back to the bench could stabilize a reserve unit that has been disappointing.