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Lakers' Dwight Howard to sit out Friday's game against Minnesota

February 01, 2013|By Mike Bresnahan
  • Dwight Howard falls to the court in pain after aggravating an injury to his right shoulder in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Phoenix Suns.
Dwight Howard falls to the court in pain after aggravating an injury to his… (Rob Schumacher / Associated…)

MINNEAPOLIS — Lakers center Dwight Howard will not play Friday against the Minnesota Timberwolves after leaving Wednesday’s game against Phoenix because of a sore shoulder.

In the last month, Howard had missed three games and left two others early because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

He aggravated the injury Wednesday after having his shot blocked by Suns guard Shannon Brown with 6:56 to play. The Lakers led at the time, 78-73, but ended up losing to Phoenix, 92-86.

Howard is officially listed as day-to-day. He did not take part in the team’s shoot-around Friday morning.

Pau Gasol will take Howard’s place in the starting lineup against Minnesota.

The Lakers (20-26) have won the last 19 games they’ve played against the Timberwolves (17-25), who are 2-11 since losing Kevin Love because of hand surgery.


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