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Lakers' Dwight Howard will play against Boston Celtics

February 07, 2013|By Mike Bresnahan
  • Dwight Howard will return to the Lakers' lineup tonight against the Boston Celtics after missing three games because of an aggravated shoulder injury.
Dwight Howard will return to the Lakers' lineup tonight against the… (Frederic J. Brown / Getty…)

Lakers center Dwight Howard will play for the first time in more than a week, returning Thursday to match up against the Boston Celtics.

Howard missed the last three games, and six overall, because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

He insisted it was a game-time decision until almost tipoff, going through range-of-motion exercises with a Lakers physical therapist before hitting the court for pregame shooting.

The Lakers would have been very short-handed down low if he weren't playing. Pau Gasol is out at least six to eight weeks because of a torn plantar fascia in his right foot and Jordan Hill is out for the season because of hip surgery.

The Lakers (23-26) are 3-1 on their seven-game Grammy trip.

The Celtics (25-23) are 5-0 since losing Rajon Rondo because of a season-ending knee injury.

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