The Lakers took a huge hit on their road trip back to respectability Thursday night in Boston, losing to their hated rivals 116-95. And head coach Mike DAntoni threw himself directly into the Dwight Howard injury controversy, saying that Howard could have played in any of the last three games he missed with an injured shoulder.
Hes been cleared (to play) for a while, DAntoni told the media after the loss in Boston. Hes always been cleared.
Moments later DAntoni must have realized the potential impact of his statement, because he tried to clarify or tone down his comments.
Yeah, hes always been cleared, the coach said, because hes got a tear thats always going to be there. But hes had pain, and obviously hes not going to play with the pain. He felt better today and thats why he played.
Howard scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds in 28 minutes before fouling out. However, it was D12s off-the-court actions or inactions that dominated the headlines before and after the g...