Pau Gasol's worst fears became reality.

The forward will be out indefinitely after suffering a tear of the plantar fascia of his right foot in Tuesday's win in Brooklyn.

"I'm hoping to recover asap so I can be back with the team and keep fighting until the end of the season," tweeted Gasol, who won't be in Boston tonight when the Lakers (23-26) face the Celtics (24-23).

Gasol had an MRI Wednesday, but will fly today to Los Angeles for more evaluation from Lakers team doctor Steve Lombardo and foot specialist Dr. Kenneth Jung. The Lakers will then provide a timetable for Gasol's return.

Plantar fasciitis involves painful swelling on the soft tissue under the arch of the foot. It can also extend from heel to toe.

"If it's a one-third tear, within four to six weeks he should be OK," said Dr. Robert Khorramian, a Santa Monica foot and ankle specialist. "If it's a two-third tear, it would go much higher, possibly eight to 10 weeks. When there's over a two-third or a complete tear, we advise surgery. That takes 12 to 14 weeks."

To make matters worse, the Lakers could remain without Dwight Howard for a while. He's missed the past three games because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder and hasn't indicated when he'll return.

How do the Lakers adjust?

"We have to think and look at the personnel we have available and who we're matching up against," Kobe Bryant said. "We have to figure out the best way strategically to attack them with the pieces we have."