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Pau Gasol will not play Friday against Washington

Pau Gasol will not play Friday against Washington
Pau Gasol, right, remains sidelined with knee tendinitis. Steve Nash is still on the bench with an injury, too. (Paul Buck Corbis / European Press Agency)

WASHINGTON  -- Pau Gasol will not play tonight against the Washington Wizards, missing his seventh consecutive game because of knee tendinitis.

The Lakers are 1-5 without Gasol, who is averaging 12.6 points and shooting 42%.

Gasol hasn't talked to reporters in several days, briefly telling The Times on Tuesday that his ailing knees remain "an enigma."

The Lakers (9-14) have lost six of their last seven games, including a 116-107 defeat Thursday at New York.

Washington (3-16) hasn't done much damage this season, though the Wizards beat Miami earlier this month.

The Lakers lost to a similarly bad Cleveland team Tuesday, 100-94.

They complete a four-game trip Sunday at Philadelphia. Gasol's status is questionable at best for that game.

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