Dwight Howard spent as much time here as the rest of the Lakers did weathering the sub-zero temperatures.

Pretty much next to nothing.

Howard skipped morning shootaround and flew back to Los Angeles on Friday afternoon to undergo a platelet rich plasma (PRP) on his sore right shoulder.

The Lakers stayed warm in their hotel across from Target Center and didn't really need to step outside because of the city's famed SkyWay tunnels. But they received a chill regarding Howard's absence against the Minnesota Timberwolves and the long-term ramifications surrounding his procedure.

Howard plans to fly to Detroit today to rejoin the team, but he's listed as day-to-day for the Lakers' game Sunday against the Pistons.

"Will the shot take all the pain away?," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "I don't know."

PRP procedures involve blood being taken from the patient and isolating the components in hopes of accelerating the healing process and relieving pain.