Pau Gasol may have to deal with pain in his right knee all year

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There’s now a more definitive plan in place to get Pau Gasol and his injured right knee back on the court, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be executed without some hiccups.

According to coach Fred Hoiberg, Gasol did some shooting on the court Friday, worked on his lateral movement during the Saturday shootaround, and was scheduled to do a little bit in practice on Sunday.

It still sounded like the All-Star center was doubtful for Monday’s game against the Kings, but could return Wednesday against the New York Knicks.

Gasol, however, was counting on a return this week if there were no setbacks, but was also counting on dealing with pain in the right knee for the rest of the season.

“I was feeling some discomfort, soreness, pain to a certain degree,’’ Gasol said at the morning shootaround. “I was trying to play through it, push through it, trying to manage it for a while actually, but after that Miami game [on Mar. 11], the knee just gave out.

“I had that swelling and reaction, and obviously the alarms went off. We tried to find out what’s going on, and we did. We’re managing it. I’m probably not going to be 100 percent all year. Hopefully, it’s not going to get worse, and we’re not going to have an episode like we did after the Miami game. That’s kind of the hope.’’

Gasol, 35, missed his fourth straight game with the knee problem, as well as his seventh game of the entire season.

In his absence, Hoiberg opted to start Cristiano Felicio for the first time this season.

The other injury

E’Twaun Moore (left hamstring) was expected to miss the next week, with the Bulls once again dealing with a short-handed roster.

Moore left the game on Thursday, and after an MRI it was determined that the injury was significant enough to keep him on the shelf for at least the next three games.

“He’ll hopefully be back on the floor doing some things in the next three or four days and then make the determination from there,’’ Hoiberg said of Moore. “But the initial diagnosis after looking at the MRI and the swelling is the recovery should be about a week. Whether that’s being able to go full speed in practice or back into a game has yet to be determined.’’

With Moore out, Hoiberg said he would use a combination of Aaron Brooks and Tony Snell to fill those minutes.

Minute men

Both Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose will remain on minutes restrictions for the time being, but Hoiberg didn’t see it lasting the last month of the regular season. Each were at about the 30-minute mark, give or take depending on the game.

“We’ll gradually increase the minutes as we move along,’’ Hoiberg said. “Some of it will be based on how they’re feeling. The biggest thing is playing them in spurts, but not having them out there for too long.’’

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