Los Angeles Lakers superstar center Dwight Howard is considered day-to-day as he continues to deal with a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder, and his status for the Friday road tilt vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves is still uncertain, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
Howard re-aggravated the injury in Wednesday’s loss to the Phoenix Suns and was in obvious pain after suffering the setback. It was the third time that he hurt the troubled right shoulder in the past month. He worked with team trainer Gary Vitti on Thursday to assess how painful the injury is at its current state. It’s widely thought that Howard can continue to play as long as he can withstand the pain.
But at this point, there is growing concern around the level of severity surrounding the labrum. Players close to the organization like Kurt Rambis and Robert Horry have each indicated in recent days that the injury is something that the All-Star may have to deal with for a long period of time moving forward. Even his own teammate, Kobe Bryant echoed the same sentiment in his postgame comments on Wednesday.
The Lakers are currently 20-26 and in third place in the Pacific Division behind the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers. They are in the midst of a seven-game road trip and working to turn their dismal season around. Los Angeles is just 5-16 on the road this season, and after traveling to Minnesota, they’ll have to face a Detroit Pistons team featuring Jose Calderon, who was dealt in a three-team trade involving Rudy Gay.
When the Lakers visited Toronto on their last road trip, it was Calderon that gave them fits, scoring 22 points and adding nine assists on 9-of-15 shooting from the field.
Tipoff for Friday’s game is at 9:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
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