Nearly an hour after his right shoulder went numb, Lakers center Dwight Howard clutched his gray undershirt. With hesitation, Howard then pulled the shirt down to cover his body.
The act revealed the pain level Howard described as "really sore" after aggravating the torn labrum of his right shoulder for the third time in the past three weeks.
Howard is listed as day-to-day after he visited Thursday with Lakers trainer Gary Vitti, making it unclear if he will be in the lineup when the Lakers (20-26) play tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves (17-25) at Target Center.
But Howard has no other planned doctor visits. He also ruled out surgery. That would keep him sidelined for at least six months.
"I've had two years of having injuries," said Howard, who had back surgery last April. "It's not something that's easy to deal with. I'm not going to lose my spirit. I'm going to do whatever I can to get my shoulder strong."
In the Lakers' loss Wednesday to the Phoenix Suns, Shannon Brown's blocked shot on Howard prompted him to fall. Howard said he felt "numbness" all over his right arm and neck as he lay on the court for several seconds before leaving the game. The Lakers led 78-73 with 6:56 left to play when Howard left, and they never recovered.
Howard said his shoulder felt just as painful when he initially injured the shoulder in the Lakers' loss Jan. 4 to the Clippers when Caron Butler fouled him hard as he drove into the lane.
Dwight Howard is day-to-day
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