Lakers Lose Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill to Injuries

| by Alex Groberman

When it rains, it pours. Fresh off a 112-105 home defeat to the Denver Nuggets and four losses in their last five games, the Los Angeles Lakers got dealt another blow on Monday morning.

In a press release, the team announced that its three best big men were all going to be out with injuries of varying severity. Dwight Howard suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder; Pau Gasol somehow got a concussion; Jordan Hill hurt his hip.

Los Angeles’ next four games are against Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Something worth remembering as it pertains to the timeframes announced with these injuries: Steve Nash was only supposed to be out a week, too. Howard hasn’t been healthy all year long, and this will only further slow down his progress.

On the bright side, if any coach in the league knows how to utilize a small lineup to maximum efficiency it’s definitely Mike D’Antoni. On the not-so-bright side, the Lakers lack three-point shooters, the thing that -- in the past -- permitted D’Antoni to utilize small lineups to maximum efficiency.

Buckle up, folks – it’s going to be an interesting week.

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