Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 2/1/13

Laker Pau Gasol #16 after scoring in the first half during game seven of a Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Sunday May 17, 2009 in Los Angeles Photo via Newscom

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MINNEAPOLIS Ricky Rubio got his wish: Pau Gasol has been reinserted into the Lakers' starting lineup for Friday's game against the Timberwolves, replacing Dwight Howard, who's out with the same right shoulder injury that has troubled him for much of the season.Just 24 hours after the Timberwolves point guard, who considers the Lakers big man a close friend, spoke out about the Lakers' misuse of Gasol, the four-time All-Star was put back into the starting lineup for the first time since Jan. 20. Gasol finished his last game as a starter, a 108-103 Lakers loss in Toronto, with 25 points and five rebounds. In seven games off the bench this season, he has averaged 13.1 points on 53.0 percent shooting, better than his scoring and shooting averages when in the starting five, but both his rebounding (6.7 per game from the bench, 8.3 when starting) and assists (3.1, 3.8) have suffered.Howard had been listed as day-to-day after leaving the Lakers' loss in Phoenix in the fourth quarter on We...
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