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Lakers' Dwight Howard a game-time decision; Pau Gasol still out

January 13, 2013|By Mike Bresnahan
  • Lakers big men Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard have been out of the lineup for most of January.
Lakers big men Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard have been out of the lineup for… (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images )

Lakers center Dwight Howard is a game-time decision Sunday against Cleveland after missing three games because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

He has worked out with Lakers trainers the last few days and might return a bit earlier than expected.

Howard was initially injured Jan. 4 against the Clippers and showed no ill effects in the Lakers' next game, tying his career-high with 26 rebounds against Denver. But his shoulder continued to bother him and an MRI exam showed a slight tear, forcing him to the sidelines.

Pau Gasol will miss his fourth game because of a concussion. He did some light shooting and elliptical work Sunday morning but was not cleared to play against Cleveland, Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said.

The Lakers (15-21) have lost six consecutive games and are only 10-9 at home.

They play Milwaukee on Tuesday and Miami on Thursday. Both games are at Staples Center.

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