For Sinking Lakers, It Only Gets Worse

For Sinking Lakers, It Only Gets Worse

If the Lakers thought they already scratched the bottom of this season, they were mistaken. Incredibly.

A Monday afternoon injury report adds the latest blows to a team that can't do anything right on the court: Dwight Howard is out at least a week because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder, Pau Gasol is sidelined two or more games because of a concussion, and their backup big man, Jordan Hill, is out at least two games because of a hip injury.

It left the Lakers with rookie Robert Sacre as their likely starting center for a two-game trip against Houston and San Antonio. Sacre had 15 points and nine rebounds Monday for the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Lakers' Development League affiliate, in a loss to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Metta World Peace might also get some time at center, Coach Mike D'Antoni said.

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