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Dwight Howard cleared to play Friday for Lakers vs. Utah

Jan 25, 2013, 2:36 PM EST

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Dwight Howard tweaked his shoulder Wednesday night — he ran into a Rudy Gay pick and not long after was grabbing the right shoulder, the one he missed three games because it had a torn labrum earlier in the month. Howard did not return to the lineup.

But he will be back and ready to go Friday night, tweets Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell.

So, that should solve everything, right?

Trudell also threw out this little gem.

Howard certainly doesn’t feel that way. Maybe because the touches don’t come in the way he’s used to, maybe it’s because the offense isn’t flowing through him. Maybe it’s a lot of things.

As we have discussed on this site before, D’Antoni and Howard need to figure out how they can coexist or management needs to make some hard choices to make. Right now things are not meshing. The two can form a formidable force if both would give just a little (and Howard would get healthy). But if that will happen remains to be seen.

  1. shen90 - Jan 25, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Because he FAKED the injury cause he was playing terrible and did not want to put up with Kobe.

  2. fiyeaglesfiy - Jan 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Management needs to make some hard choices to make…

  3. mgscott - Jan 25, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Strange, a Dwight Howard injury report.

  4. thebigcaptain2011 - Jan 25, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    I would let him sit with the injury for another week or two. If trading him is even a remote possibility I would hold him out until around the deadline to prevent major injury.

  5. sidneyz - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Dwight needs to concentrate on defense. He’s already getting plenty of touches! The stats don’t show all the times he gets the ball stripped(which happens a lot) and when he gets fouled. Those don’t show up as attempts. If they did, he would have the most touches in the paint by far! Stop crying Dwight and get back on defense!

  6. losanginsight - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    You mean wight Howard? He has no D.

  7. money2long - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    i know i’m in no place to, but i’m guaranteeing a lakers victory tonight.

    • leftofcenter83 - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      The way my Jazz have been falling apart in the fourth quarter lately, I hate to admit that I’m worried you’re right…

  8. gmsingh - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    More bad news for the Lakers.

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