Los Angeles Lakers loose Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard to injury

By David Charnley
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US Presswire

In what has already been one of the toughest weeks in the Los Angeles Lakers season, it has just got worse with the news that Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol will both be side-lined for the next two games.

The pair will miss the games against the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs, Howard has a torn labrum in his right shoulder and Gasol is out with concussion.

Howard suffered his injury during Friday night’s defeat against the Los Angeles Clippers and further aggravated it against Denver Nuggets.

Gasol, in what has been an especially disappointing season, has seen his last two games hit an all-time low only scoring 13 points in both outings wont be sorely missed, but Howard has been the second most valuable player to the Lakers behind Kobe Bryant averaging 17.2 points per game,12.4 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks a game.

As a result of the injury’s Robert Sacre is expected to see more game time after recently being sent to the D-League where he has showed his scoring potential, something which can’t be said about Gasol this season.

The Lakers are currently 15-18 for the season which makes the loss of the big men even more a big blow as the team look to rally to get back to the .500 mark for the season. A lot has been made about the partnership of the two big men, or the lack of, the last thing this side needs is disrupting to the starting roster.

Another blow for the Lakers is the loss of Jordan Hill who is also out indefinitely and although not one of the main attractions in the team, a lack of energy and effort will certainly be missed.

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