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Dwight Howard aggravates shoulder injury, leaves game not to return

Jan 23, 2013, 9:53 PM EDT

Dwight Howard AP

What else could go wrong for the Lakers? How about a return of the injury bug?

With less than two minutes left in the second quarter, Dwight Howard aggravated the torn labrum shoulder injury that had kept him out three games earlier this month. He did not return to the game.

The severity of the injury is not known and he will be re-evaluated on Thursday, tweets Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.

The injury appeared to happen as Howard ran into a screen set by Rudy Gay with his right shoulder. As soon as the play ended he grabbed his shoulder and called to the bench asking to come out.

After saying he needed to “dominate” for the Lakers to win and promising to “bring it,” Howard had 2 points and 2 rebounds in better than 16 minutes when he was injured.

If Howard is out for any length of time, the loss of Jordan Hill for the season (he had his hip surgery Wednesday) will be severely felt.

  1. jimbroney - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Hey. 2 points is 2 points.

    • stadix093 - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      With those stats it doesn’t like he played the first half either.

  2. hojo20 - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    What a stiff.

  3. aboogy123456 - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    He was actually playing really well before the injury and and so was the whole team. He was playing with a lot of effort..this sucks

    • andyhr17 - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Since when this season have the Lakers played really well? Are Lakers fans so delusional that they just assume their team is always playing well when they don’t even watch them? They were something like 15-19 when he originally went down and Howard’s poins per games and rebounds per game are his worst since the ’06-’07 season. Nothing in your statement was true.

    • tsutor88 - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      dwight used 2 be an unstoppable force, as well as a hilarious and unique character in the NBA. He so far from being either of those things this year. I never hope the lakers do well, but i sincerely hope he gets his sh** back on track because the league aint the same when he plays this soft, injury prone, drama queen role

    • illegalblues - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      wtf man???? i mean explain this exactly

      • eventhorizon04 - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:55 PM

        At the end of the second quarter, the Lakers were down by 9 points, and Dwight Howard had 2 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 personal fouls…

  4. skizzy79 - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Looks like Orlando and Denver got the best out of that “blockbuster” trade last summer.

    • somekat - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      I’d say Orlando at this point. But Denver isn’t much better than they were last year IMO. The sixers knew Bynum would be down a while (probably not this long), but worst case, they would see if the young guys can step up (Holiday and Thad Young can, Turner can’t).

      The only team that really expected immediate results from the deal was L.A. So theyare really the only “losers” I can see at this point. Even that could change if Howard gets his act together and signs long term

      It will be 2-3 years before we know the true winners and losers, but right now I’d say Philly and Denver are TBD, Orlando is a big winner, and LA is a big loser

  5. mazblast - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    The death march continues. LA gains some ground during garbage time, still loses by 13.

    Expect no sympathy, Lakers fans.

  6. miamatt - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    This is as good as it gets.

    • kavika6 - Jan 25, 2013 at 2:59 AM

      The Lakers are only 3 games up on the worst team in the western conference. Worst would be the best.

  7. uscthom78 - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Bad shoulder break for the lakers.

  8. tampajoey - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Get that glass crybaby some Pampers diapers.

  9. bucrightoff - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Laker fans should be hoping for a full meltdown the next two weeks. Blowing that team up looks like its necessary going forward.

    • badintent - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:37 AM

      how many balls do they get in the draft ? one for each whinner on the team ? and a bonus for The 3 coaches ? Gotta admit GS has the best team in Cali, beat both the thunder and clippers. Lakers not so much…………….Can you make the A-list on a reality show ? If so, the eintire front office and team can get front row seats at the Clipper games next to Billy Crystal

      • badintent - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:39 AM

        spelling police my bad, watching kimmel talking about women in the Army shooting at Arabs, started to laugh ………………………

  10. losangeleschargers17 - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Dwight faking another injury so he can sit the rest of the season and leave in the summer. He wants nothing more to do with this team, if the bobcats had Dwight they would have a better record than the Lakers right now!

  11. daddyghi - Jan 23, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    this is so much fun! well, not for the lakers fans ofcourse..

  12. lucifershuttlesworth - Jan 23, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Way to “Bring it” Dwight. I bet this is a blessing in disguise for the Lakers as it simplifies things for D’Antoni and Pau will play like a man possessed. Then again, Kobe may take this as his cue to play like Nick Young on bathsalts. (Yes that is part of the Kobe System)

    • badintent - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:43 AM

      great ! poor nick , he can’t catch a break. Bathsalts =eating faces in miami.

  13. fiyeaglesfiy - Jan 23, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Well, Dwight did say before the game that “there are a lot of responsibilities on my shoulders,” didn’t think he meant that so literally. This newest injury seemed to be caused by the weight of “responsibilities.”

  14. progress2011 - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    What more does D12 need to do, to show the FAKERS he doesn’t want to be on the court with FAKE MJ.

    He did EVERYTHING in his power to not end up in la. He’s started to state his frustration publicly, getting only 5 shots.

    FAKE MJ/ Harlem Globe trotter consistently is taking more shots than Gasol, Howard and Nash COMBINED !!!

    I found it ironic, as soon as kobe went into FAKE MJ Mode….D12′s shoulder started hurting.

    Trade the man already !

    • daddyghi - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      someone please pickup the phone and call mark cuban!

  15. 32magicman - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Fake mj. Lol

  16. progress2011 - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    POLITICS 101…

    D12 is managing his PR image.

    He’s trying to say the right things / politically correctness to avoid any additional distractions that would add to his bad PR from last year.

    The guy made it clear, he NEVER wanted to play with FAKE MJ…especially after dude told D12, he would be the 3rd OPTION !!!

    So, let me get this strait, I’m at the top of my career, franchise player in Orlando, All Star, I’m young -strong and ready to become the most dominant center in the league while breaking some of Shaqs records…etc, etc. etc….

    BUT

    I got some WEASEL lookin dude telling me, I’m gonna be the 3rd OPTION……REALLY !!!!

    I’d tank the season too !!! Get me OUTTA HERE !!!

  17. caeser12 - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    “Man, Dwight Howard is always getting hurt.” Andrew Bynum

    “I Know.” Bill Walton

    • badintent - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:47 AM

      How could Wilt play all regular and playoff games season after season , year after year for over 10 years before he got a broken leg ? HE WAS THE REAL SUPERMAN. dudes.

      • 1historian - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        Good point, but at that time he was the only player that big. Now the league is full of really big players.

      • badintent - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:11 AM

        Bob Lanier 6’11″250
        Jabbar 7’3″ 250
        Willis Reed 6’10″ 250 and really big.
        Bill Russell 6’9″ 235
        Walt Bellemy 6’11″ 260
        The list goes on.

  18. magicbucs - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    He played 14 minutes and only took 4 shots. How is he supposed to produce on offense? Either way I’m glad to see this happen to the lakers. This has to be the #1 EPIC FAIL…
    I know my magic aren’t doing so well but they are supposed to be in rebuilding mode.

  19. 32magicman - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Looks like stan van gundy wasnt so bad a coach after all, huh dwight ?? Oh well. You get what you wish for!

  20. bengzki - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    Back up PG, PF and C + egos set aside = A more effective team for the Lakers.

  21. nokoolaidcowboy - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Didn’t he used to be called “Superman”?

    • kavika6 - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:05 AM

      He gave himself that nickname didn’t he?

  22. abchome - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    The Lakers are so bad that there’s no longer any fun teasing…

    • progress2011 - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      I hear Ya abc…your human side is coming out, I understand.

      As for me, I’m having PLENTY of fun. This is like a dream season.

      All the SMACK FAKER fans talk EVERY YEAR, when they know they :

      1. Got favorable calls from the refs to win

      2. Got help from stern and the league to get superstar players to stack the deck, in their favor …often times for FREE (Gasol and others)

      3. The NY Yankees of BBall…they got the biggest checkbook, so they purchased 17 Chips. If you get the Buss checkbook ledger…..EVERYBODY has been on the payroll at some point !

      So….I plan to carry this bag of salt around, everytime they get a new wound…I’m rubbing it in !!!

      Kick ‘em while they are down, heck I’m carrying a sledgehammer to drop on ‘em …..ahahahahaha

      Small market teams on the rise….thanks to the new CBA

      • 1historian - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        You forgot Jack Nickolson

      • paleihe - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        2. You’re right, that’s probably why Stern vetoed the Chris Paul trade, cause he was trying to stack the deck for the Lakers…good point.

  23. tomdrec42 - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Progress211
    Are you high man?
    Have you seem Dwight’s post game? I guess that’s a product of Kobe shooting too much also. I never seen a “dominate” center get stripped or blocked so much in my life, and he supposed to break shaqs records scoring 17ppg and less then 20ppg for his career. Shaq was averaging 30ppg when he was was Dwight’s age. Truth to be told Dwight’s can’t even compare to Shaq. Bynum is better when healthy Demarcus cousins is better, brook Lopez is better, Lamarcus Aldridge is better, deandre Jordan is better, joakim Noah is better, Dwight’s probably not even a top 5 center, he a stat bum with no post game.

    • kavika6 - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:12 AM

      Don’t forget Tim Duncan. He should be starting the all-star game. Maybe if Dwight the whiner doesn’t play in the all-star game Tim will be the new starter. Popovich will probably be coaching it so there’s a great chance for that, and his former teammate Vinny del Negro will be coaching if Pop doesn’t. No matter who’s coaching Tim deserves the start, even if Dwight does play.

  24. ph53knowsall - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    1historian- how ironic you use that for a screen name when you know so little about the history of the game…

    Your comment is bs. A simple google search shows that during the seasons Wilt played, there were 27 guys 6’11″ or taller. This lust doesn’t include men such as Russell, Petit, J.Lucas,W. Reed, Lovelette who were all about 6’9″/6’10″

    Unseld was 6’7″ but built like a mack truck.

    It’s tiresome to hear how Wilt and Russell did there damage due to everyone else being 6’6″ and under. Those guys in their prime would dominate stiffs that play center today.

  25. klownboy - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Ahh, the Lakers, perhaps the biggest mess in the NBA this season. Hey Jim Buss, way to not ruin LA’s season.
    http://wp.me/p1gCK6-vL

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