Yesterday, we mentioned that Dwight Howard was day-to-day with that right shoulder injury. Well, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has the latest report on Dwight.
Lakers center Dwight Howard will miss tonight’s game against Minnesota with his shoulder injury, league source tells Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 1, 2013
Howard hurt his shoulder again, this time against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. There was fear that he would be out for an extended period of time but he was reported day-to-day on Thursday.
Still, Howard has to be careful. This was the third time he hurt his shoulder in a month. He first hurt it against Denver on January 6th. Howard missed three games because of that injury. Then he hurt it again against Memphis on January 23rd. And as mentioned earlier, he hurt it a third time against the Suns. Dwight re-aggravated the injury in the fourth quarter of the game after Shannon Brown knocked the ball out of his hands as he attempted to explode off the floor.
The Lakers are likely going to start Pau Gasol, who hasn’t been exactly happy with his role as of late. At the very least, he can prove to Coach Mike D’Antoni how valuable he is as the starter. With Jordan Hill out for the remainder of the season due to hip surgery, Robert Sacre should get some playing time as the primary back-up pivot man. Still, they have a lot to make up with Dwight Howard and his defense not there.
Howard is averaging 16.5 points, a league-leading 11.9 boards, and 2.4 blocks per contest this season. He was voted into the All-Star game a couple of weeks ago; it will be the seventh of his career. He was traded to the Lakers in the offseason in the four-team megadeal that involved the Lakers, the Orlando Magic, the Denver Nuggets, and the Philadelphia 76ers. The Lakers gave up Andrew Bynum, who went to Philadelphia, to get Howard.