March 28, 2016, 3:32 pm
Pau Gasol (knee) and Jimmy Butler (knee) are both allowed to play “long stretches” now according to Fred Hoiberg.
Hoiberg added that he doesn’t foresee playing them full quarters but really we’ve been operating under the impression that they’re giving whatever minutes they’re capable of giving. In that respect, this is a little bit of good news that they can play a bit more. You’re not benching them in the five-game week and you’re rooting for wins if you have either one of these guys. A bad loss or two could lead to total implosion and players that look to getting healthy rather than gutting it out in a losing situation.