Dwight Howard will have to undergo an MRI after injuring his shoulder as the Los Angeles Lakers lose their fourth game in their last five outings.
Despite playing with an injury Howard certainly tried his best for the Lakers as he tied a career high of 26 rebounds adding 14 points and four blocks in 41 minutes of play. After the game an injured Howard was seen to have his shoulder heavily iced, as Lakers fans continue to be amused by their teams poor showing thus far this season.
“I would like to play, but I just want to make sure that my shoulder is good to go,” Howard said after the game.
“I don’t want to injure myself to where I’m out for the season, so, I just got to go and see what happens at the MRI.”
The Lakers have not been blessed with the best of luck on the injury front this season, Pau Gasol, Steve Blake and Steve Nash have all missed wportions of the season.
Howard’s initial shoulder injury came during last Fridays 107-102 defeat against the Los Angeles Clippers after getting tangled up with Caron Butler.
“It wasn’t as bad as last game, but like I said, I don’t want to injure it to the point where I can’t play,” Howard said.
Howard was not the only player to leave the game with a defeat, Gasol was subbed out with 1:05 remaining in the fourth quarter after taking a blow to the nose by JaVale McGee.
“I got hit,” Gasol said.
“I didn’t see the replay, but it was not intentional. So, that’s a good thing.”
Gasol bounced back from his poor performance against the Clippers, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 34 minutes before sustaining the injury.