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The Lakers are 15-18. They are currently 3 1/2 games below the 8th seed in the west. They head into Houston to try to snap a 3-game skid without their top 3 big men, who are all lost to injuries for at least a week. Mind you that the team is still struggling with their defensive effort and will have to stay as close to the surface of the water as possible while dealing with San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Miami over the course of the next 7 days.
In other words, this might be exactly what the Lakers need.
A lot of times when a team is going through so much adversity, it's difficult for them to reflect while they're engaged in battle inside the trench. With Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill taken out of the equation for the meantime, the Lakers will be forced to deal with their situation head on with no room for error. In the meantime, both Howard and Gasol will have the opportunity to see how the team is missing them and identify what they need to do when they return into the lineup.
Mike D'Antoni will also have a front row seat in seeing for himself if both Howard and Gasol are accessories or necessities for the team. He's been known throughout his coaching career to prefer perimeter players over post-players. With only Kobe and Steve Nash as his only reliable shooters, I have a feeling he'll change his tune in the coming days.
But no matter how you cut it, time is running short on the Lakers. At this point, the Lakers can use what little time they still have in how they want the rest of the season turn out for them: 1. Continue to feel sorry for themselves or 2. Stand up and fight back!
Laker fans are hoping for the latter but we'll see if the hole they dug up for themselves is really too steep to climb out of.
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The bad news continues to pile up for the Lakers, as now both Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol will miss time with injuries.
Dwight Howard took part in the Lakers' morning shoot-around and was expected to play Sunday night against Denver.
Howard did not practice Saturday because of a sprained rotator cuff in his right shoulder.
He was injured Friday against the Clippers after Caron Butler fouled him. Howard returned to the game following a Lakers timeout.
Howard is averaging 17.4 points and 12 rebounds...
EL SEGUNDO Dwight Howard has suffered a torn labrum -- a shoulder injury -- and will be sidelined indefinitely, the the Lakers announced Monday.
Howard hurt his shoulder against the Clippers on Friday night and aggravated it on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets. Howard will travel with the team and will be reevaluated in a week.
Additionally, Pau Gasol suffered a concussion against...
The Los Angeles Lakers are not doing well. They are continually losing as they attempt to find their ways, if possible. The future of being in the NBA Playoffs this coming Spring 2013 is not looking too bright at the moment. At first they blamed their coach and he got [...]
The Dwight Howard experiment has gone very wrong in LA, so far. Is it because of his back, the coach, Kobe or Dwight himself is anyone’s guess.
It could be a combination of all that.
Things will go from bad to worse if his shoulder injury is anything serious. Here is what Dwight had to say.
“I would like to play but I just want to make sure that my shoulder is good to go,”...
Funny stuff. Somebody remixed Sarah McLachlan’s PSA for the ASPCA into a PSA for trading Pau Gasol. The video has gone viral over the last 48 hours and is guaranteed to make you laugh:
Things are not going as planned this season for the Los Angeles Lakers, and fans are none too pleased. The Lakeshow have managed a paltry 15-18 record even with the additions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. While we believe that it is easily no one player which is the root of the problem, this plea to have Gasol fired is pretty phenomenal. The icing on the cake is the Sarah McLachlan...
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard is out indefinitely with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, while forward Pau Gasol is out with a concussion, according to ESPN.
"I would like to play but I just want to make sure that my shoulder is good to go," Howard said after the Lakers' 112-105 loss to the Denver Nuggets. Click Link Below to Read Story!
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Lakers were in a world of hurt Monday after three of their four big men suffered injuries in Sunday night's game against the Denver Nuggets. Center Dwight Howard, forward/center Pau Gasol and center Jordan Hill all were examined by team doctors on Monday. Howard re-injured the same shoulder (right) that he originally hurt on Friday against...
More bad news in Laker land. The injury bug has bitten once again. Just two weeks after Steve Nash finally returned tot he court with his teammates, now Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard are out indefinitely. Dwight Howard suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder during the Lakers loss to the Nuggets on Sunday. [...]
No Dwight Howard or Pau Gasol. No big draft trade, no superstar, no hope. This was the reality for every Houston Rocket fan. Local radio shows laughed at the Omer Asik signing, not knowing of his defensive dominance. Linsanity was to make money and be bad enough to get a top 3 draft pick in next year’s draft. Trading for James Harden gave people hope, but just enough to know...
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard witnessed a team with great chemistry Friday night in the Lakers' 107-102 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, which he says he wants for the Lakers.
"Those guys on the Clippers team, they really enjoy each other off the court and it shows," Howard said Saturday via ESPN.
Howard says the Lakers still need to find their chemistry...
Kobe Bryant vs. Dwight Howard
So much for the rumored fight between Los Angeles Lakers stars Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard. Bryant posted this photo to his Twitter page today.
"The mamba vs d12 !! It's on lol," Bryant wrote.
How dare they put Mike D'Antoni in the middle. Can we get this signed for WrestleMania, Vince McMahon?