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Dwight Howard out Friday for Lakers due to shoulder injury

Feb 1, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Goran Dragic, Luis Scola AP

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. If you read ProBasketballTalk’s story on the injury from Brett Pollakoff, who was in the Lakers’ locker room after the loss to the Suns, you’d know Dwight Howard was in a lot of pain.

Howard will sit out Friday night when the Lakers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves, something first tweeted Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The Lakers have since confirmed this.

Howard has been playing through the pain of a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He’s been hoping that treatment and rest would keep the pain manageable and he could play through it and not need surgery. However, he missed three games earlier with the injury, had to leave one game early after his shoulder ran into Rudy Gay on a pick, and now he will miss at least one game this time. The injury was aggravated in Phoenix when he tried to bring his arms up for a shot and was fouled across the arms — the strain on his shoulder caused him instant pain.

“It’s real sore,” Howard said after the game. “Everything on this (right) side is hurting pretty bad right now….

“Numbness just went all down my arm and my neck,” he said of what he felt at the moment it was aggravated. “It was pretty bad when it happened.”

This could be more than just one game he misses.

Friday night is the second game of the Lakers Grammy road trip, when the music award show kicks them (and the Clippers) out of Staples Center for two weeks. The Lakers had won three games in a row before the trip started but suffered an ugly come-from-ahead loss to Phoenix, with the Suns comeback coinciding with when Howard went out.

Pau Gasol will get the start at center. That shouldn’t hurt the Lakers offense much but Howard has been much better on the defensive end in terms of protecting the paint. The break for the Lakers is that Minnesota is banged up, too, and will be without Kevin Love.

  1. Distinguished Male - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    And I’m the sucker that just traded for him in my fantasy league. I feel pity for myself.

  2. aboogy123456 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    this is a must win game for the lakers in my opinion. Scary night tonight.

  3. losangeleschargers17 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    The clippers are on the Grammy trip, while the Lakers are going on the end of the season trip.

    • losangeleschargers17 - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      In the history of the nba its always been the other way around, so this only makes us loyal clippers fans even happier

  4. BigBeachBall - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Orlando gave LA a humvee with the odometer rolled back… Seats are cracking, the bumper fell off on the highway… Whats next…

    • audibilis - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Whom we got for Bynum who has yet to play a game this season

  5. iamjimmyjack - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Just sit him for the rest of the year. Make him feel guilty at the end of the season for not being able to give everything he’s got. That will make him want to resign in fear that ppl may think he’s jumping ship cuz he can’t hack it on the biggest stage. He’ll want to prove he can still dominate in la. This year is a disaster.

  6. phx1311 - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    @bigbeach lmao

  7. southpaw77 - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Bout time he sit out and heal up, it wont heal if you keep taking hits on it.
    Sit out till after the all star break, lord knows he doesn’t belong there this year.

    • kavika6 - Feb 2, 2013 at 1:43 AM

      Start Tim Duncan in his place at the all-star game. He should be starting anyway.

  8. badintent - Feb 2, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Well, I guess my man Tyson is a lock for Defensive Player of the Year again, Woodson, Coach of the Year, And the Knicks won’ have to play Boston in the playoffs, so that leaves the Heat as the only speed bump to the Finals. Yes, I know the Raptors did crush the Clippers tonight but Gay will have his hands full with MVP Melo in the first round. Honey Nutt time !!

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