Pau Gasol has remained out of the Lakers lineup for so long that he's mastered the terminology used in injury reports.

After reporting zero setbacks in the knee tendinitis that has sidelined him for more than a week, Gasol considered himself "probable" to return Dec. 22 against the Golden State Warriors.

Meanwhile, Gasol listed himself as "doubtful" for when the Lakers play the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday and "questionable" when the Lakers host the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday at Staples Center.

Gasol's absence Friday against Washington marked the seventh consecutive game he's missed since considering his knee tendinitis too painful to play. Gasol also said he's run on the treadmill in recent days.

"There's no definites right now," he said.

Still, Gasol's progress marks the little dose of good news for the Lakers after entering their game against Washington losing four consecutive contests.

The Lakers have gone 1-5 in Gasol's absence. Does Gasol believe he's made the right decision to sit out?

"I have no doubt," he said. "We haven't obtained the results we would like to as a team lately, but we'll be better off later on."