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Howard, Kobe expected to sit out Wednesday vs. Clippers

Oct 23, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

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It’s the preseason, you pay for your tickets and you take your chances. Sometimes you might not get to see LeBron James or whoever you paid to see.

If you bought tickets to the Lakers vs. Clippers game Wednesday night in L.A. hoping to see a little Los Angeles rivalry, well, sorry. You lose. This game will look nothing like the one that matters between these teams on Nov. 2.

Both Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard are expected to sit out for the Lakers.

Bryant has a sore foot that has kept him out of practice the past couple days and there is no chance the Lakers are going to push that for a preseason game. reporter Mike Trudell says Kobe almost certainly is out. Smart money says he sits out until the season opener a week from Tuesday. Now, if you think he’ll miss a regular season game, I’d like to know what Kobe you have been watching the past three seasons.

Howard’s back is reportedly a little sore after his first game action since April, so he is likely out also, reports Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. The Lakers have a final preseason game against the Kings in San Diego on Thursday and Bresnahan bets he plays in that one, but the Lakers are not going to push him back-to-back in the preseason. Nor should they.

The Lakers are 0-6 in the preseason and the odds of them being any better than 1-7 when it all is over are slim. And that matters not at all. It’s the preseason. If the Lakers start 0-6 when the games matter, then we’ll talk.

  1. progress2011 - Oct 23, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Ahahahahaha….what’s wrong, don’t want the SPANKINGS

  2. bbhoggen - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    I think they should sit all the Starters and give the entire game to the bench to get their act together! The bench is why they’re losing these preseason games. They’re terrible! Starters are fine… the bench is clearly who needs the playing time.

    • Kurt Helin - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      Is playing time really going to help the bench?

      • cosanostra71 - Oct 23, 2012 at 11:48 PM

        well, it can’t hurt.

    • pop562 - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:51 AM

      well the Lakers already weeded out the players they don’t need and now they can stick to the players that are going to stay for the rest of the season. You can see the miss-communication with the bench players and they still need a lot of training in the Princeton offense. Just like any new team coming together with rookies, 2nd year players and new veteran free agents. The Lakers need to gel as a team and this whole season is going to be training for them. The only way the bench can improve is practice, have a blue collar work ethic and learn from the veterans. In order for the bench to get minutes…they gotta prove than they can handle those minutes and be productive.

    • lovetoball - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      The starters need playing time as well. If I recall they couldn’t beat Sacramento and their five STARTERS were in the game to start and finish the game. The Lakers starting five played more than Sacramento’s. The Lakers were up by one with a couple minutes to go and Sacramento pulled it out. That must be concerning, and on top of that they will have a horrible bench again this year. It’s obvious Lakers will not get to the finals because of their horrible bench, unless they get some other additions. Dwight is not playing tonight because it will be concerning to the fans when they get spanked tonight. So when they lose tonight you can go to sleep better knowing they got spanked without Kobe and Howard. I say the Clippers take out Jordan, Griffin, Paul tonight and they would still smoke the Lakers tonight.

  3. lalfan2323 - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:34 AM

    Not worried cant watch game anyway unless on nba tv go bench…!

    • losangeleschargers17 - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      Fool, this is probably the one game u can watch. It will be on prime ticket, or pt clippers. Enjoy some non laker biased tv with my man Ralph Lawler.

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