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Dwight Howard may not play Tuesday for Lakers vs. Nets

Feb 4, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

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The Lakers defense in the paint is noticeably better when Dwight Howard is on the court (think back to what Phoenix did with their comeback after he went down). They particularly need his presence Tuesday night when the Lakers take on the Brooklyn Nets and All-Star Brook Lopez, who has been a force this season.

But they may not have him.

Howard aggravated his torn labrum against Phoenix and went back to Los Angeles after the game for PRP blood therapy to help speed the healing process. He wanted to play Tuesday but he very well may not be ready to go, the man himself told Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register.

“It feels a little bit better, but still sore,” Howard said Sunday. “Certain movements hurt, and I don’t want to go there in any pain or go out there thinking about it too much….

“It’s still not there yet,” he said. “I’m not going to try to rush myself back and have the possibility of hurting it again. There’s no need for that.”

Thing is, Howard is going to get hit again.

Howard has a habit of getting a rebound or pass inside, bringing the ball down to waist level then going back up for a powerful jam. With his terrible free throw shooting teams are going to foul him when he brings the ball down, and you will see repeats of what happened in Phoenix — he brought the ball down, as he tried to go up he was fouled across the arms, but that foul stopping the motion of his arms puts pressure on the shoulder.

The Lakers are in the middle of a crucial stretch this season, their seven game “Grammy” road trip. So far they are 2-1 but have some tough tests head. Starting Tuesday.

  1. omniusprime - Feb 4, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Sad that Dwight is injured, but probably better that he waits to heal up more before trying it again. Good thing we still have Pau Gasol to step in.

  2. gentlewomansquarterly - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    It’s a bit annoying now.. as this is at least the third time I read it on this blog. Howard wasn’t fouled on the play in Phoenix. He was cleanly stripped by Shannon Brown and his own momentum aggravated the injury. Lots of “basketball moves” can aggravate his injury again, including hard fouls, but definitely not limited to.

  3. velascochad - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    when pau gasol plays C he’s even more consistent than dwight. offensive wise 22 points defensive wise 10 rebounds 3 blks.
    d antoni is just dumb to realize this. i hope he gets fired and i hope pau gasol wont be traded.

    dr. jerry buss should disown jim buss and let hottie jeanie run the lakers which will automatically bring p-jax back.

  4. LPad - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    I don’t think this has anything to do with him bring the ball to his waist after rebound. It is a torn labrum, it probably hurts when he tries to buckle his seat belt. Quite honestly, the Lakers should shut him down and let it fully heals before he ends up tearing something else in his shoulder as well or screws his back up because his body is instinctively trying to protect the shoulder.

    • aboogy123456 - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      I agree but the frustrating thing about this injury is that it doesn’t seem clear whether the injury will heal or not. Is this actually going to get better with Dwight sitting out? Or do we have to wait till the offseason?

      If it’s not going to heal, and it’s something he can play through, then I don’t know why he’s not playing against brooklyn. If he’s benefiting his shoulder by sitting out a few extra games, then I’m all for it. The answers have not been definitive from howard or the lakers so far.

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