Howard questionable for Lakers vs. Nuggets

January 6, 2013, 6:27 PM

After losing three of their past four games, the Lakers are in another full-blown crisis as they host the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

The tailspin began two weeks ago when the Lakers lost to the Nuggets in a visit to Denver on Boxing Day.


Programming note: Watch the Lakers battle the Clippers live on Sportsnet ONE beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT.

Here are a few thoughts to consider ahead of tonight’s game:

The Dwightmare continues

Until Dwight Howard signs a new deal with the Lakers, we will be stuck hearing rumours regarding where he will be next season.

For the past year and a half the same rumours were flying in Orlando as he tried to push for a move to Brooklyn.

That move is off the books as the Nets do not have the cap space left to make a move but there are still a few possible suitors available for his services.

His hometown Atlanta Hawks and the Dallas Mavericks are expected to lead the charge for his services if he doesn’t stay in L.A. It would be hard to see him pass up more money and the bright lights of Los Angeles for anywhere else but until he signs on the dotted line — speculation will persist.

Howard is not a man that deals with critiscm well and if he leaves one of the Association’s most popular teams, he will likely leave an already broken image in tatters.

Howard is questionable to play in Sunday’s game as he suffered a sprained shoulder in Friday’s loss to the Clippers.

“I was in a lot of pain (Saturday) morning,” Howard told the Los Angeles Daily News. “I couldn’t put my clothes on.”

Gasol staying put

Lakers centre Pau Gasol only scored two points against the Clippers after sitting out most of the fourth quarter.

Despite spending plenty of time on the bench, he is still not looking for greener pastures.

“I still have faith I can play a big part in helping this team succeed right now,” Gasol told the Los Angeles Daily News. “I’m not able to do that every often.”

No doubting Kobe

Kobe Bryant joined Twitter and already has a half-million followers in less than 72 hours.

One of his first tweets was revelatory and showed that the seemingly always confident Bryant may have doubts.

He posted the tweet after the loss to the Clippers and talked about it with reporters on Saturday.

“Everybody has it. I’m human just like everybody else,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “I think the way I react to it is probably a little different than anybody else. I don’t feed into it. I’m able to face it. I’m able to deal with it. I’m able to roll through it.”

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