Dwight Howard And Pau Gasol Both Out Indefinitely For Lakers

Dwight Howard And Pau Gasol Both Out Indefinitely For Lakers
Sports
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Because Kobe Bryant needed an excuse to take more shots… The Lakers will be without big men Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill on a two game, back-to-back road trip against Houston and San Antonio this week, but it could be more — both starters are listed as out “indefinitely.”

Howard is out at least a week with a shoulder injury and Gasol has a concussion and he will need to be cleared by a league neurologist before he can play again.

The Lakers announced this after cancelling practice Monday because… well, what was the point?

Howard had played through shoulder pain recently and an MRI Monday revealed a torn labrum, tweets Lakers reporter Mike Trudell. He will sit out a week (which means he misses the Thunder game at Staples on Friday) and will then be re-evaluated. (Jason Smith of the Hornets missed two weeks with this.)

Gasol got a concussion when he took an inadvertent JaVale McGee elbow to the face on Sunday night, one that left Gasol with a very bloody nose at the time. He will not travel with the team to Texas. The way this works is he has to pass some baseline tests after increasing physical activity and have those test results approved by a league neurologist. This could take days, it could take weeks.

Jordan Hill has a hip injury and will have that looked at by the team doctor Monday afternoon. They haven’t done it yet because it appears his waiting room is full.

What does this mean? Look for a lot of small ball from the Lakers — Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Jodie Meeks and Metta World Peace together — along with guys like Earl Clark getting in not just because George Karl picked them to shoot free throws (because Gasol was hurt). Robert Sacre could start on Tuesday for Los Angeles. World Peace could get some time at the five.

The Lakers have lost three in a row and face three strong teams this week in Houston (playing well lately), San Antonio and OKC. If the losing streak reaches six… well, the playoffs become harder and harder to reach.

It has taken at least 46 wins to make the playoffs in the West the past few years and the Lakers have to go 31-18 the rest of the way to do that. Which includes these three games and the upcoming long Grammy road trip. Good luck.

via Pro Basketball Talk

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Julian Sonny

From the sandy beaches of Hawaii, to the streets of New York: Julian has seen it all. His lifetime of travels has given him a broad scope of knowledge and an eclectic taste unlike any other in the tri-state area. Julian has often been compared to cultural icon, The Rock, because of his unequivocal work ethic and warrior-like stature.

More In Sports

Also On Elite

Dating

4 Signs You’ve Settled For Someone Who Is Less Than You Deserve

It was about seven months ago when Lily and I had a sudden realization. A lot of girls we knew were in relationships, and while we complained plenty about being single, it dawned on us: We wouldn’t trade places with any one of them. Let’s make a pact, I said. We will not let each […]

Life

Why You Don’t Need To Share Every Aspect Of Your Life With The World

I tend to be pretty set in my own ways. Okay, fine, that’s just my way to explain that I’m somewhat of a stubborn assh*le when it comes to certain things. But, it makes me feel better to know that I’m just a product of my environment. I don’t have to feel as bad about […]

Entertainment

The Whole World Wants To Know If Selena Gomez Got A Boob Job

Selena Gomez seems to be doing just fine without Justin Bieber. Bieber accepted a plea deal yesterday to avoid jail time, and it seems as if Selena may have had a boob job. So, you decide who’s having the better time of it following their breakup. There has been no confirmation on whether or not […]