Injury Update: Dwight Howard Out with Torn Labrum

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Image Credit: Getty Images

You didn’t think things could get any worse for the 15-18 Lakers, right? Well, according to the Lakers’ official injury update, starting center Dwight Howard has suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder:

Howard first suffered an injury to his right shoulder in the recent game against the Clippers. When Howard went up for a dunk, in the second half of that game, Caron Butler stripped him of the ball. Consequently, Howard came down clutching his right shoulder, wincing in pain.

Last night, in the Lakers’ loss to the Denver Nuggets, Howard was stripped on a similar play. Again it appeared Howard had re-injured his right shoulder. Although Howard gobbled up a career-high tying 26 rebounds last night, the Lakers have learned that Howard has in fact suffered a torn labrum in that shoulder.

Howard will be out a minimum of one week and will then be re-evaluated. Howard will travel with the team and receive treatment on their upcoming two-game road trip, however. The Lakers travel to Houston today for back-to-back games in Houston (Tuesday) and San Antonio (Wednesday).

Pau Gasol:

Remember how things couldn’t get any worse? The Lakers have also learned that starting power forward Pau Gasol has suffered a concussion and laceration to his nose:

The injury was suffered in the fourth quarter of last night’s loss when he was inadvertently struck in the face by Nuggets’ center JaVale McGee. Unlike Howard, Gasol will not travel with the team to Texas and instead stay home to recover from his concussion.

Gasol, out at least the next two games, will not be able to return to the court until he clears the NBA’s concussion program.

Jordan Hill:

The Lakers will at least have their best backup big man on this crucial road trip, right? Wrong. Lakers F/C Jordan Hill has a small tear of the labrum in his left hip that will also prevent him from travelling with the team:

Along with the injuries to Howard and Gasol, the Lakers have also lost their most consistent player off the bench for at least the next two games. Hill’s hip injury was somewhat of a surprise, as he registered 13 points and 5 rebounds in 15 minutes against the Nuggets.

After suffering multiple back injuries earlier in the season, Hill will now attempt to come back from a hip injury. Hill will miss at least a week and like Howard, will be re-evaluated sometime next week.

The major injuries to the Lakers’ best three big men could open the door for the reemergence of Antawn Jamison and Devin Ebanks. Both players have been out of the rotation of late, but expect both to have ample opportunities filling in for the Lakers’ depleted front court.

Both Howard and Gasol are officially listed as ‘out indefinitely’ on the Lakers’ injury report, while Hill is tentatively listed as out for a minimum of one week.

 

Be sure to check back for the latest updates on the injured Lakers going forward…

Alex Lambeth is the Editor-in-Chief of LakerNation.com. He is currently a senior at University of San Diego studying business and marketing. Follow him for a unique perspective on all things Lakers.

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