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Dwight Howard out Sunday against Pistons

Feb 3, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

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UPDATE Feb. 3 11:30 a.m. ET: Howard is out for Sunday’s game against the Pistons, according to multiple reports. He still has pain in that right shoulder, and as we speculated yesterday, it makes more sense for him to get a couple of extra days of rest in advance of the game against the Nets in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

Dwight Howard‘s latest re-aggravation of the torn labrum in his right shoulder came Wednesday night in a loss to the Suns, and it appeared to be pretty serious afterward. Howard said it was the most pain he’s felt since the original injury occurred, and he missed the Lakers win over the Timberwolves on Friday to get PRP treatment on the shoulder back in Los Angeles.


Feb 2: Howard must be feeling a little better, as he traveled on Saturday to rejoin the team in Detroit, and is listed as a game-time decision for the Lakers 1 p.m. ET contest against the Pistons on Sunday.

Despite the official designation, he’s expected to play, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.

Detroit has some quality big men in Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, so L.A. could certainly use Howard if he’s ready. It wouldn’t hurt to rest him one more game, however, to ensure he’ll be ready for a bigger test against the Nets in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

The Pistons are awaiting the debut of Jose Calderon, who they acquired as part of the trade that landed Rudy Gay in Toronto. Calderon was unable to make his debut on Friday due to visa issues, but Detroit had no trouble blowing out the Cavaliers at home nonetheless.

Pau Gasol started in place of Howard in Minnesota, and looked every bit the All-Star who was a part of two championship teams in Los Angeles. He’ll likely return to a reserve role when Howard returns, as Mike D’Antoni prefers to use Gasol at center while Howard is on the bench.

Howard is averaging 16.5 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 2.4 blocked shots in 34.7 minutes per game this season.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Feb 2, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    he will never stay healthy if he keeps coming back so soon. with his free throw shooting woes, who wouldnt employ the “hack a dwight” strategy

    and honestly how long is that shoulder gonna hold up against that

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Feb 2, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    sounds crazy but i kinda think he would like to sustain a season ending shoulder issue so it takes a lot of pressure off him to perform. just sit back and collect

  3. mgscott - Feb 2, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    dwight howard injury news? strange

  4. kinggw - Feb 2, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Howard is an idiot if he comes back tomorrow. Playing hurt to prove your tough is stupid. The Lakers should sit him for at least a week. As the first poster mentioned he will never get healthy if he keeps coming back. He shouldn’t let Kobe’s mouth make decisions about his body.

  5. halohonk - Feb 2, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    I heard LeBron was weighing the options on free agency coming up for him. Lakers are a possibility. I like the sound of that. Trade Gasol, Howard gets healthy and signs extension James comes to Lakers. Sounds good to me.

    • eventhorizon04 - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      “I heard LeBron was weighing the options on free agency coming up for him”

      That’s using a very loose definition of an event that’s “coming up”….LeBron isn’t a free agent until the 2014 offseason, when he might opt out of his current deal.

      So that’s 16 months away – almost a year and a half – before he could be signed.

    • stoutfiles - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      If LeBrob left he would go to the Knicks or Nets. He’s had zero interest in LA.

  6. losanginsight - Feb 2, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Howard needs to start throwing elbows in the post and knock a few teeth out.

  7. Jeff - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Go Pistons!

  8. 00maltliquor - Feb 3, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    I’d rather him take a couple weeks off and rest, heal up, and risk losing a few more games then have him come out less then healthy and have him potentially f up his career just for a chance to sneak into the 8th seed.

    I think it’s cool of him to try and “man up” for the team, especially in a contract year, but he needs to heal up. Plus it’ll give Pau more time out and build his confidence back up.

  9. socal9er - Feb 3, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    halohonk – it’s never happening just shut up.

  10. rushledger - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:11 AM

    There’s no “healing” a torn labrum he can play through here or there because its basketball but he needs surgery to fix it.

  11. omniusprime - Feb 3, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    If Howard traveled to Detroit then he most likely will play, but will he be able to finish the game? So good to have Pau Gasol so that he can play starting center when Howard can’t. However Dumbtoni is the most ignorant coach in the NBA not starting him at power forward where he belongs. While Earl Clark has done well he is no Pau Gasol and he needs to earn a starting spot, not be given it to him by the most clueless coach in team history.

    Talking about improving the Lakers just how good would the Lakers be if they had Kyrie Irving instead of Ancient Trash Nash? Kyrie had a great 35 point game Saturday and he’s the point guard we’ve been looking for. Time to trade Trash Nash and Steve Flake to get this great young point guard instead of the two worst excuses for point guard we currently have.

    At this point in the season I’m hoping the Pistons pound the Lakers and help pound the final nail in the coffin for Dumbtoni still being coach. Why keep paying this moron when the team seems to have found a better offense and defense ignoring him? I say let Bernie Bickerstaff coach the Lakers the rest of the season since he’s the only coach this season that has a winning record with the team.

    Fire Dumbtoni!!! Trade Trash Nash!!! Trade Steve Flake!!! We Want Gasol!!!

    • mazblast - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      News flash–

      In order to make a trade, you have to (a) have something the other guy wants, and (b) get something the other guy wants to give up.

      Neither of these apply to the idea of trading for Kyrie Irving. Just because you want something doesn’t mean you’re automatically going to get it, especially if all you offer in trade is the likes of what’s left of Steve Nash.

      As yourself a serious question–Why on Earth would the Cavaliers want to trade Irving?

    • rushbacker - Feb 3, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Delusional Lakers fans are so entertaining. . . tell us about how you’re going to get Durant as well.

  12. kw27p - Feb 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    They should change the name of this site to Lakers talk. Pathetic

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