Pau Gasol is projected to miss a minimum of six to eight weeks because of the torn plantar fascia in his right foot.
Gasol was examined Thursday in Los Angeles. If he makes it back to action in seven weeks, he'd have nine regular-season games left before the NBA playoffs -- if the Lakers qualify. There are 10 weeks left in the regular season.
Surgery was not recommended for the tissue tear on the bottom of Gasol's foot, but he has been advised to stay off the foot entirely for two weeks before he is re-evaluated.
After the Lakers were routed by Boston on Thursday night, Kobe Bryant said: "Well, I think L.A.'s kind of seen how much we miss Pau and what he brings to the table and his skill set. Maybe now they'll start appreciating him a little more."
Gasol has been bothered by the foot since Christmas but suffered the tear late in the Lakers' victory in Brooklyn on Tuesday. The most likely Lakers to see more playing time -- assuming Dwight Howard (shoulder) continues to be available at center -- are Metta World Peace, Earl Clark, Antawn Jamison, Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks and Robert Sacre.
Bryant said Clark probably would be plugged into Gasol's place in many sets, and Jamison ran some two-man game against Boston with Steve Nash that Gasol usually does.
World Peace shot 2 for 13 against the Celtics -- but was even more disoriented after the game, when Blake was the one who informed him how long Gasol would be out. World Peace later said: "I thought two weeks or a week."
Said Nash: "It's tough. He's pretty much gone until April by the time he gets himself back in shape. We're going to have to find ways to get a rhythm with Dwight and have him be a big part of things. Obviously he's really our only big, and we're pretty small without him."