Pau Gasol: Dwight Howard Injury Gives Big Man Opportunity to Prove Value

January 5th, 2013 by Alex Ballentine Leave a reply »
For most of the 2012 season, Pau Gasol has been the Los Angeles Lakers' fifth wheel.

With massive changes to the roster and coaching staff, the once vital part of the starting lineup has struggled to find his place. To make matters worse, Gasol has struggled to even stay in the lineup thanks to injury issues.

Considering the high expectations placed on this Lakers team, fans and analysts alike have wondered aloud about Gasol's worth to the team.

Fortunately for Gasol, the one scenario that would allow him to once again become a necessary part of the lineup has happened—Dwight Howard is injured.

When the Lakers made the move to bring Howard on board, they did so knowing full well that there could be an injury risk. After all, he came to Los Angeles fresh off of a back surgery that made his status for the beginning of the season unclear. It's not a shocking surprise that Howard is likely to sustain some injuries along the way.

According to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, Howard could miss some time with his injured shoulder:

Dwight Howard says he might not play tomorrow vs. DEN because of sprained right ...

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