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As expected Kobe, Howard, World Peace all start for Lakers Wednesday

Mar 6, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard AP

If this were a game in December, or if the Lakers were not in need of every win they can get to make it into the playoffs, then there is a good chance that at least one if not more of the trio of Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace would sit out Wednesday night in New Orleans.

But instead, all three suited up and started for the Lakers against the Hornets in the second night of a back-to-back.

Kobe had a nerve in his elbow aggravated, one that clearly bothered him during the game against the Thunder on Tuesday. But he’s Kobe, as close as any human comes to being a Terminator-style cyborg, and you knew he wasn’t going to sit this one out. He was even tweeting about it.

Howard’s shoulder, which has a partially torn labrum that he is playing through, bothered him all through the Thunder game after he and Metta World Peace collided Tuesday night. While he may not be Kobe, Howard has played through a lot of pain this year (not always well, but he played) and he was out there.

World Peace had a mild ankle sprain in the final minutes of the Lakers loss to the Thunder, but he is playing through it as well.

We’ll see if this impacts them against the Hornets or in any games after. But the Lakers can’t afford any more off nights this season.

  1. BigBeachBall - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    dantoni has done an excellent job this year…

  2. progress2011 - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    1, That “coach (I use this term loosely)” for NO should be FIRED IMMEDIATELY ! He has NO CLUE of how to manage a game.
    2. Gordon and Vasquez are not starters…they are 6th men “AT BEST” ! Think of Ginobli and Jamal Crawford. They are better spark plugs than every ball up the court players.

    3. The Refs helped the FAKERS out again. Ex: Gordon was not out of bounds….CLEARLY ! That was a critical play at a critical time and provided an additional momentum shift, in favor of the lakers.

    This type of bad officiating is not by accident…OH NO….It”s by design !

    Which is why EVERY banner hangs in the staples center……bribes, payoffs and l

    Conversely, which is why most of us root against the fakers and their questionable wins.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:02 AM

      Bitterness and envy at their finest. Well done.

      • loungefly74 - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        he is a lunatic. most conspirators are…and we thank him for keeping Laker Nation the #1 talked-about/most covered team on this site (and many others)…

  3. themars211 - Mar 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Hey regress2011 you know that most hate is derived from love. I think deep down you really love the Lakers history and hate the fact whatever team you route for is non comparable. All the name calling and conspiracy theories does not change the fact that 16 banners are hanging in the rafters of staple center. Oh by the way who do you route for again? Should’nt you be somewhere commenting on there articles? Hell I don’t like the Celtics so you know what I do? I never read any article about them. I respect them, just no love for them.

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