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Lakers' Dwight Howard expected to play Sunday after treatment

February 02, 2013|By Mike Bresnahan
  • Dwight Howard scored 24 points and had five steals and four blocks against the Hornets on Tuesday.
Dwight Howard scored 24 points and had five steals and four blocks against… (Frederic J. Brown / AFP /…)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Lakers center Dwight Howard is expected to play Sunday against Detroit after making a quick trip to Los Angeles for a minor shoulder procedure.

"He's going to give it a go," said a person familiar with the situation.

Howard missed the Lakers' 111-100 victory Friday over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night so he could return home for a relatively non-invasive platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment in his right shoulder.

Howard aggravated a torn labrum in the shoulder Wednesday against Phoenix.

"I think he's on a plane [to Detroit] in 10 minutes," Coach Mike D'Antoni said after the Lakers finished practicing Saturday at about 3 p.m. Eastern time.

Howard has sat out four games and left two others because of his shoulder. He received a series of PRP injections that were meant to stimulate healing and growth in the shoulder area.

The Lakers (21-26) are 1-1 on their seven-game "Grammy trip."

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