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Pau Gasol out, Dwight Howard a game-time decision Sunday vs. Cavaliers

Jan 13, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol AP

Mike D’Antoni knew that beating the Thunder on Friday without Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol would be asking a lot of his reeling Lakers. That’s why he placed the emphasis on beginning the team’s potential run at turning things around on Sunday night’s home game against the 9-29 Cleveland Cavaliers.

“I told the team, the biggest thing is our season starts Sunday,” he said. “We’ve got to make a run. We’ve got one shot at it, and everybody needs to get ready mentally and physically.”

If the Lakers are to begin to put together a streak beginning Sunday, they’ll have to do it without Gasol, and possibly without Howard, as well.

From Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

Howard will be reevaluated before tip-off, and if he is able to go, his mere presence inside should ensure that Cleveland will have major difficulty offensively outside of the guard play of Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.

The Cavaliers won the first meeting of the season between the two teams back on Dec. 11 in Cleveland, and while Gasol missed that one with knee tendinitis, the Cavaliers got 20 points, nine rebounds, and five assists from Anderson Varejao, who is now out himself due to a knee injury that required surgery.

With or without Howard, and definitely without Gasol, D’Antoni is right — the Lakers need to start piling up wins very soon if they’re going to begin to turn it around, and Sunday night against the Cavaliers would seem to be the right time to start.

  1. paulhargis53 - Jan 14, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Nice comeback whiny b*tch, of course, I didn’t expect much either.

    You’ve been verbally whipped several times, you’d think you’d cut your losses.

    But no, price, people like you never learn. You should quit while you’re way behind.

    • captainwisdom8888 - Jan 15, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      I support everything you are saying bro, but ppl like him just don’t get it. There probably shouldn’t be much more breath wasted on it. We went from discussing basketball to ” I went to Byron Scott’s ball camp since I was young” to ” you guys are just jealous you can’t live in LA”

      This is the most childish series of statements I have ever seen

      When challenged with reasoning, logic, and supported statements… All the lakers fans can do is make bogus emotional statements that have zero backing or support.

      If you make a statement and don’t support it with any evidence or reasoning, you are only talking out of ur rear end

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Jan 15, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    PRICE… YOU AND YOUR WAY OF THINKING ARE WHY PEOPLE HATE THE LAKERS SO MUCH.

    1 BAD SEASON AND ALL THEIR FANS ARE FOLDING UNDER THE PRESSURE LIKE SOFT LITTLE B******

  3. pricejustin24 - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Jealous

  4. pricejustin24 - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Much ?

  5. captainwisdom8888 - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    This guy is prob like 14. I’m done

  6. captainwisdom8888 - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Haha I’ll be in LA In a week and a half. I’ll have to make sure to smack around some lakers fans.literally and figuratively

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