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Lakers’ Dwight Howard a game-time decision; Pau Gasol still out

Lakers big men Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard have been out of the lineup for most of January.
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Lakers center Dwight Howard is a game-time decision Sunday against Cleveland after missing three games because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

He has worked out with Lakers trainers the last few days and might return a bit earlier than expected.

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Howard was initially injured Jan. 4 against the Clippers and showed no ill effects in the Lakers’ next game, tying his career-high with 26 rebounds against Denver. But his shoulder continued to bother him and an MRI exam showed a slight tear, forcing him to the sidelines.

Pau Gasol will miss his fourth game because of a concussion. He did some light shooting and elliptical work Sunday morning but was not cleared to play against Cleveland, Lakers Coach Mike D’Antoni said.

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The Lakers (15-21) have lost six consecutive games and are only 10-9 at home.

They play Milwaukee on Tuesday and Miami on Thursday. Both games are at Staples Center.

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