Just when you thought that the 15-18 Lakers had suffered enough this season, the mood in Hollywood has taken another huge hit. As if the third straight loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday wasn’t enough, the Lakers frontcourt was also hit with a slew of injuries.
Dwight Howard, who injured his shoulder in the game against the Clippers, re-aggrevated the injury against the Nuggets on Sunday. He was diagnosed with a torn labrum in his shoulder, is out indefinitely and will be re-examined by doctors in a week.
Pau Gasol was forced to leave the game against the Nuggets, after taking a hard elbow to the face. After the game, Gasol told reporters that he would play against Houston on Tuesday, but after an examination it was determined that he has a concussion, which will keep him from traveling with the team and he is also out indefinitely.
Jordan Hill will most likely miss the least time, after picking up a hip injury, but should be out until at least Jan 11.
“The NBA is unforgiving, and nobody is feeling sorry for us,” Los Angeles coach Mike D’Antoni said. “There’s 29 other teams that are happy, and we’ve got to do the best we can do. It’s kind of weird coming to work thinking you have three centers, and all three of them are hurt.”
Lakers’ frontcourt has been completely crippled, and these injuries could not have come at a worse time. Lakers, who are 3 games outside of a playoff spot, have lost 3 in a row and are in a desperate need for a win. Furthermore, the next 3 games for the Lakers will be extremely challenging, and other players will have to step up big time for the team not to drop even further down in the Western Conference.
Lakers will travel to Houston to face the Rockets on Tuesday, and then play the San Antonio Spurs on a back-to-back, before returning home to face the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Antawn Jamison has only been playing garbage minutes lately, and this could be a chance for the veteran forward to earn his way back into the rotation.
For more NBA rumors, news and updates stay tuned to KJG and follow Vytis on twitter: @VytisLasaitis