It seems like the Los Angeles Lakers can’t catch a break these days, especially yesterday. The Lakers were getting ready to board the team plane for a two game road trip in Texas and that’s when they found out that Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, and Jordan Hill wouldn’t be making the trip due to injuries.
Howard has a torn labrum in his right shoulder, Gasol has a concussion, and Hill is out with a hip injury. There hasn’t been a set timetable for any of their returns. The problems continue to pile up for the Lakers and fans didn’t think it could get any worse, but it just did.
The Lakers currently have a 15-18 record and are on the outside looking in at an early playoff picture in the western conference. In January it’s rare to hear people talk about “must win” games in the NBA, but the Lakers might be approaching that point. This team came into the season with an incredible amount of hype, after acquiring stars like Howard and Steve Nash in the off-season.
Unfortunately, that incredible amount of hype has been replaced with an incredible amount of drama up to this point in the season. Two games into the season Nash suffered a leg injury, which kept him out for more than a month. Five games into the season head coach Mike Brown got fired, which led to Mike D’Antoni getting hired over legendary head coach Phil Jackson. The excuse during these struggles was always “wait until Nash comes back” and the Lakers actually looked a little bit better when that happened.
The return of Nash extended a brief winning streak to five games for the Lakers, but that was it. So now the Lakers have lost three consecutive games and these new injuries occur during a tough stretch in their schedule. They will take on the Houston Rockets tonight and will play the San Antonio Spurs in the second game of the back-to-back tomorrow night, eventually returning home to play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday.
Those three games were already looked at as tough matchups for the Lakers, but the injuries to all three of their big men just made it that much tougher. When it rains, it has poured for the Lakers this season.
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