Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill and Dwight Howard Out: Will It Even Matter?

By Kaylyn Neely
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers defense is just awful. And, it’s probably about to get a whole lot worse.

All of the Lakers big men are out indefinitely.

On Monday, the Lakers informed the media that Pau Gasol is out with a concussion and that MRI results reveal Dwight Howard has the torn labrum in his shoulder. To top it off, Jordan Hill is already on the injured list because he suffered a hip injury.

The Lakers will retrieve Robert Sacre from the D-League in order to have a center in the line up. According to Lakers Nation, they’re planning on starting him.

This might be the first time in history that a second round draft pick has went from the D-League to the Lakers starting line up in 72 hours.

When Mike D’Antoni was asked who would start at center, he answered, “I’m guessing Sacre, if he can get in from the D-League real quick…It will be a great opportunity for him.”

In addition, if required, D’Antoni will put Metta World Peace in all three front-court positions.

This isn’t exactly the most sound defensive lineup, but chances are, there wasn’t going to be a miracle within the next month that turns the Lakers around. Something can’t be broken if it’s already broken.

Gasol’s obviously suffering from more injuries than just a concussion. He isn’t playing well and it might be beneficial to have him rest and recover. The same goes for Howard.

These injuries won’t really harm the offense as Steve Nash, Jodie Meeks, and Kobe Bryant should have that under control.

As long as the Lakers muster up a little bit of size and strengthen and avoid turning the ball over, their defense will be really bad. However, they should be able to hold their own against a significant portion of the league.

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