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NBA roundup: Lakers' Gasol might return on Tuesday

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Pau Gasol and Steve Nash both participated in the Los Angeles Lakers' practice on Monday, and Gasol might play in Tuesday's game against Charlotte, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reported Monday.

Gasol, who has missed the past eight games with tendinitis in both knees, will be a game-time decision Tuesday, according to the report, while Nash, who has been out since breaking a bone in his leg in the second game, hopes to return to action on Christmas Day.

The Lakers only had a light workout Monday with no 5-on-5 scrimmaging, so it's difficult to determine how much progress Nash and Gasol have made.

But the fact that they participated in practice is encouraging for the Lakers.

Gasol had said on Friday that he was unlikely to return to game action until next Saturday.

Gasol is averaging a career-low 12.6 points and 8.8 rebounds in the 17 games he's played this season.

---The New York Knicks will decide before Monday night's game against Houston whether forward Carmelo Anthony will be able to play.

Anthony is still bothered by a sore left ankle, which he sprained Thursday night in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The All-Star missed Saturday night's win over Cleveland and coach Mike Woodson said Anthony did not participate in a team shootaround on Monday morning.

--Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire, who has not played yet this season as he recovers from knee surgery, is expected to begin practicing with the team soon, perhaps Tuesday, according to the New York Post.

Whenever Stoudemire returns to practice, it will probably be a week or two before he's ready to play in a game.

---Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley, who has yet to play this season after having offseason surgery on both shoulders, returned to practice Monday, according to Comcast SportsNet New England.

It's unclear when he will return to game action, but Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told CSNNE.com it probably will be early January.

---Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio will sit out Tuesday night's game against Miami as he continues to work his way back from major knee surgery.

Rubio saw his first action of the season Saturday night against Dallas when he came off the bench and contributed eight points, nine assists, four rebounds and three steals. He was scheduled to play Monday night against Orlando.

--- Milwaukee Bucks center Joel Przybilla has been suspended one game without pay for throwing the basketball at referee, the NBA announced. The incident took place on Saturday, and he will be suspended for Tuesday's game against the Pacers.

--- The Indiana Pacers recalled center Miles Plumlee on Monday after sending the rookie to its NBA Developmental League team last week.

Before he was shipped to Fort Wayne for a second time this season, Plumlee had seen little playing time in four games with the Pacers, totaling four points and five rebounds.
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