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Dwight Howard not sure he'll be ready to play Sunday against Denver

January 05, 2013|By Eric Pincus
  • Lakers center Dwight Howard has the ball stripped by Clippers big man Ronny Turiaf.
Lakers center Dwight Howard has the ball stripped by Clippers big man Ronny… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

After tweaking his shoulder Friday night in the Lakers' 107-102 loss to the Clippers, Dwight Howard said he wasn't sure whether he'll be able to play against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

Howard said at first he "thought it was a stinger" after Caron Butler came down on the Lakers center's shoulder.

Howard called it a sprained rotator cuff and said he's a "game-day decision."

Coach Mike D'Antoni didn't seem to be worried, saying the chances that Howard would play are "good."

Howard said he woke up extremely sore. He skipped practice Saturday and received treatment from the Lakers' training staff.

The Lakers (15-17) are currently in 11th place in the Western Conference standings, two games behind the Portland Trail Blazers (17-15) and Nuggets (18-16), who are in seventh and eighth, respectively. A victory Sunday would give the Lakers a 2-1 series lead over the Nuggets with a final matchup Feb. 25 in Denver.

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Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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