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D'Antoni Must Take Control of Lakers

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The Lakers took a huge hit on their road trip back to respectability Thursday night in Boston, losing to their hated rivals 116-95. And head coach Mike D’Antoni threw himself directly into the Dwight Howard injury controversy, saying that Howard could have played in any of the last three games he missed with an injured shoulder.

 

“He’s been cleared (to play) for a while,” D’Antoni told the media after the loss in Boston. “He’s always been cleared.”

 

Moments later D’Antoni must have realized the potential impact of his statement, because he tried to clarify — or tone down — his comments.

 

“Yeah, he’s always been cleared,” the coach said,...

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