Refresh  
  Page last updated on Fri May 22 16:37:30 EDT 2015
TOP NEWS
PAU GASOL AND ‘SUPERMAN’ HOWARD OUT INDEFINITELY
Fri, 11 Jan 2013 01:30 AM EST

Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill all will miss the Los Angeles Lakers’ upcoming trip with injuries, leaving the struggling club without its top 3 big men indefinitely.

Howard has a torn labrum in his right shoulder, and Gasol has a concussion after taking an elbow in the face late in Sun. night’s loss to Denver Nuggets. Hill, a key backup to both starting big men, has a right hip injury.

The 3 injuries are the latest blows for the Lakers (15-18), who still haven’t meshed despite a star-rich roster, a bulging payroll and an early-season coaching change. Los Angeles has lost 3 straight and 4 of 5 since thrashing the Knicks on Christmas, falling to 11th place in the Western Conference.

”The NBA is unforgiving, and nobody is feeling sorry for us,” L.A coach Mike D’Antoni said. ”There’s 29 other teams that are happy, and we’ve got to do the best we can do. It is a bit weird coming to work thinking you have 3 centers, and all 3 of them are hurt on the same day.”

The Lakers’ biggest concern is Howard, who hurt his shoulder in last Friday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers and aggravated it in Sunday’s loss to the Nuggets while grabbing a career high-tying 26 rebounds. The six-time All-Star center asserted he won’t need surgery, but he’ll sit out for at least a week before his injury is re- evaluated.

”It is dependent upon how fast I heal up,” said Howard, who had a bulky wrap on his shoulder at the Lakers’ training complex. ”I was in pain (Sunday night), and the biggest thing at this time is I have to make sure I’m 100%. I don’t want to play with my shoulder weak. I’d have a chance for more injuries. I’ve got to let it heal up.”

After canceling practice Monday, the Lakers announced Gasol and Howard are both out indefinitely. Hill will be examined by team doctors later Monday before getting a diagnosis.

When the Lakers open a stretch of 4 games in 6 days starting Tuesday in Houston, rookie Robert Sacre is likely to be their starting center. The final pick in last June’s draft has been playing for the Lakers’ affiliate in the D-League.

D’Antoni will be forced to improvise with his 3 best post players sidelined from an already top-heavy registry. The coach recounted 6-foot-7 Metta World Peace could play center at times as part of the small lineups he is going to be forced to use.

”We’ll go small a lot, and we’ll just have to spread the floor and get things done,” D’Antoni said. ”Some guys are going to have to step up and put some superhuman effort into it. We’ll have some little guys guarding big guys, and we’ll have to be quick. We will have to take advantage of other situations.”

He will not have much choice: The 7-foot Sacre and 6-foot-9 Antawn Jamison are his only players taller than World Peace, unless the Lakers sign a temporary big man. Los Angeles cleared a roster spot by waiving rookie Darius Johnson-Odom, 3 days before his contract would have been guaranteed for the season. Betting lines


Sponsored Links

Download Printable Schedules
Now you can download and print schedules for each sport so you can plan ahead and track your results.
UPDATED:
BASEBALL 4/5/2015 - 6/4/2015
TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
Cleveland Cavaliers
2
Atlanta Hawks
3
Cleveland Cavaliers
4
Atlanta Hawks
5
Washington Nationals
05/22/2015
MLBNY Mets vs Pirates4:05 PM PST
MLBPhillies vs Nationals4:05 PM PST
MLBRangers vs NY Yankees4:05 PM PST
MLBMariners vs Blue Jays4:05 PM PST
MLBAstros vs Tigers4:05 PM PST
MLBReds vs Indians4:05 PM PST
MLBLA Angels vs Red Sox4:10 PM PST
MLBAthletics vs TB Rays4:10 PM PST
MLBOrioles vs Marlins4:10 PM PST
MLBBrewers vs Braves4:35 PM PST
NHL - PlayoffsNY Rangers at TB Lightning5:00 PM PST
MLBSF Giants vs Rockies5:10 PM PST
MLBTwins vs White Sox5:10 PM PST
MLBCardinals vs KC Royals5:10 PM PST
NBACavaliers vs Hawks5:30 PM PST
MLBCubs vs Diamondbacks6:40 PM PST
MLBSD Padres vs LA Dodgers7:10 PM PST
05/23/2015
MLBRangers vs Yankees10:05 AM PST
MLBMariners vs Blue Jays10:05 AM PST
MLBMets vs Pirates1:05 PM PST
MLBPhillies vs Nationals1:05 PM PST
MLBAstros vs Tigers1:05 PM PST
MLBReds vs Indians1:05 PM PST
MLBBrewers vs Braves1:10 PM PST
MLBGiants vs Rockies1:10 PM PST
MLBTwins vs White Sox1:10 PM PST
MLBAthletics vs Rays1:10 PM PST
UFCM Pyle vs C Covington3:30 PM PST
UFCLeo Kuntz vs Islam Makhachev3:30 PM PST
UFCJ Sampo vs J Scoggins3:30 PM PST
MLBAngels vs Red Sox4:15 PM PST
MLBOrioles vs Marlins4:15 PM PST
MLBCardinals vs Royals4:15 PM PST
UFCZ Makovsky vs J Dodson5:00 PM PST
UFCJ Burkman vs D Hyun Kim5:00 PM PST
UFCR Natal vs U Hall5:00 PM PST
UFCN Ansaroff vs R Namajunas5:00 PM PST
NHL - PlayoffsDucks at Blackhawks5:00 PM PST
NBAWarriors vs Rockets6:00 PM PST
MLBGiants vs Rockies6:10 PM PST
UFCA Johnson vs D Cormier7:00 PM PST
UFCV Belfort vs C Weidman7:00 PM PST
UFCJ Makdessi vs D Cerrone7:00 PM PST
UFCA Arlovski vs T Browne7:00 PM PST
UFCJ Moraga vs J Benavidez7:00 PM PST
MLBCubs vs Diamondbacks7:10 PM PST
MLBPadres vs Dodgers7:10 PM PST

x