Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers both are out indefinitely with injuries, the latest setback for a team that’s lost four of its past five games and is 15-18 overall.
Howard, 27, acquired in an offseason trade with the Orlando Magic, was diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder yesterday after aggravating an existing injury on Jan. 5. He’ll receive treatment from the team’s training staff and be re-examined in a week, the Lakers said in a statement.
Gasol, 32, suffered a concussion after getting hit in the face during the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ loss to the Denver Nuggets two days ago. He isn’t traveling with the team to games in Houston today and San Antonio tomorrow.
The 6-foot-11 Howard, a three-time National Basketball Association Defensive Player of the Year, is averaging 17.3 points along with a team-leading 12.4 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots for the Lakers this season.
The 7-foot Gasol, a four-time All-Star, is averaging 12.2 points and 8.4 rebounds.
The Lakers have lost their past three games and are in third place in the Western Conference’s Pacific Division.