Howard, Hill Probable for Denver

Lakers big men Dwight Howard and Jordan Hill suffered respective minor injuries in Friday night’s loss to the Clippers, but both are listed as “probable” to play in Sunday’s home contest against Denver.

Clippers wing Caron Butler stripped Howard of the ball in the fourth quarter, causing a minor right shoulder strain that had Howard in an ice pack after the game and sitting out of Saturday’s practice.

“I didn’t want it to bother me as much, so I just tried to do as much during the game to loosen it up,” said Howard on Saturday. “I don’t know if that did anything, but I was in a lot of pain. I was in a lot of pain this morning. It was tough to put my clothes on. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”

Hill rolled his ankle in that same fourth quarter, but told reporters after the game that he was OK, and would be able to play against the Nuggets. Hill did not return to the game for the final several minutes, but was available to should Mike D’Antoni have called his number.