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Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol injured, out indefinitely for Lakers

Jan 7, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

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Because Kobe Bryant needed an excuse to take more shots…

The Lakers will be without big men Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill on a two game, back-to-back road trip against Houston and San Antonio this week, but it could be more — both starters are listed as out “indefinitely.” Howard is out at least a week with a shoulder injury and Gasol has a concussion and he will need to be cleared by a league neurologist before he can play again.

The Lakers announced this after cancelling practice Monday because… well, what was the point?

Howard had played through shoulder pain recently and an MRI Monday revealed a torn labrum, tweets Lakers reporter Mike Trudell. He will sit out a week (which means he misses the Thunder game at Staples on Friday) and will then be re-evaluated. (Jason Smith of the Hornets missed two weeks with this.)

Gasol got a concussion when he took an inadvertent JaVale McGee elbow to the face on Sunday night, one that left Gasol with a very bloody nose at the time. He will not travel with the team to Texas. The way this works is he has to pass some baseline tests after increasing physical activity and have those test results approved by a league neurologist. This could take days, it could take weeks.

Jordan Hill has a hip injury and will have that looked at by the team doctor Monday afternoon. They haven’t done it yet because it appears his waiting room is full.

What does this mean? Look for a lot of small ball from the Lakers — Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Jodie Meeks and Metta World Peace together — along with guys like Earl Clark getting in not just because George Karl picked them to shoot free throws (because Gasol was hurt). Robert Sacre could start on Tuesday for Los Angeles. World Peace could get some time at the five.

The Lakers have lost three in a row and face three strong teams this week in Houston (playing well lately), San Antonio and OKC. If the losing streak reaches six… well, the playoffs become harder and harder to reach. It has taken at least 46 wins to make the playoffs in the West the past few years and the Lakers have to go 31-18 the rest of the way to do that. Which includes these three games and the upcoming long Grammy road trip. Good luck.

  1. trimaster1 - Jan 8, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    I’d really like to hear what MMike Brown has to say about all this. Not sure anyone reading this believes in KARMA, but this is a perfect example of it.

    OK, even if you don’t believe in karma, you gotta admit now that it was NOT his fault fault the team got off to such a poor start.

    This is NOT a good team. Period. Many of the people we see playing for them this year will NOT be on the team next year…

  2. omniusprime - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Just sad how this season is playing out. It’s not Pau that has a concussion, it’s Dumbtoni – the most brain dead coach in the NBA. Chalk up the next two games as losses for the Lakers since Dumbtoni has already thrown in the towel, why else cancel practice? Totally stupid to cancel practice sine the bench players who will now be starting need the practice, see what a moron Dumbtoni is.

    I can only hope that soon Daddy Buss will wake up and fire his worthless little idiot buss boy and give the reins to Jeanie and her fiancee Phil. The sooner Dumbtoni is replaced with a real NBA coach and the sooner Ancient Nash is traded away for a great young point guard the better. As it stands now the Lakers aren’t going to make the playoffs, and even if they did they’re not road warriors who can win every road series.

    Get Well Pau and Dwight!!! Fire Dumbtoni!!! We Want Phil!!!

  3. paulhargis53 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    How cute, both your screen names posting consecutively!

    I NEVER wished injury on anyone, if you were smart enough, you could dig up my old posts. I’ll save you the trouble, you wouldn’t find any saying that. Closest you’d find is that I said it would serve you right if it were to happen, that Dwight was hurt all year then left. I didn’t WISH him to be hurt.
    My backyard isn’t new England dummy. I’m not a fan of any other team in that area outside of the Celtics, so quit blathering about that.
    Titles? 17>16.

    Aren’t you due to clean out a few dudes balloon knots?

  4. kavika6 - Jan 9, 2013 at 5:28 AM

    Dwight looks like Steve Urkel on steroids in that picture.

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