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Lakers' Dwight Howard will not play Sunday against the Pistons

By Zach Harper | NBA writer
Dwight, I don't know what you're doing, but you're doing it wrong. (Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard is still having enough pain and discomfort in his shoulder to keep him out of a second straight game. After injuring it again in a 92-86 loss to the Phoenix Suns Wednesday, Howard missed Friday night's win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. It looks like he'll miss Sunday's game as well.

Even against a good young frontcourt like what the Detroit Pistons throw out there with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, the Lakers should still be fine against their opponents today, in theory. But a lot of theoretical things have not gone the Lakers' way this season, as they try to climb back to at least being a .500 team.

This will be the Lakers' fifth game without Howard this season. They're 1-3 without him, with the first victory coming Friday night when they built a 29-point lead against the Wolves before closing out an 11-point win.

Now we'll have to wait and see if the Lakers will have Howard at their disposal Tuesday night when they face off against All-Star center Brook Lopez and the Brooklyn Nets.

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