The Lakers released an injury update on Dwight Howard on Friday afternoon, detailing his plan to fly from Minneapolis to Los Angeles in order to receive a PRP procedure from Dr. Steven Yoon, then rejoin the team in Detroit on Saturday.
Indeed, Howard had the injection on Saturday morning and subsequently got on a plane destined for Detroit, where the team practiced at the Pistons’ arena prior to Howard’s arrival.
Howard is officially listed as a game-time decision for Sunday’s 10 a.m. PST game against Detroit (18-29), who has won 3 of 4 home games and just acquired Jose Calderon from the Raptors while sending mainstay Tayshaun Prince to Memphis.
Howard dominated Detroit in L.A.’s first victory of the season, a 108-79 blow out on Nov. 4 at Staples Center in which he made 12 of 14 shots towards 28 points with three blocks and seven boards.
The Lakers beat Minnesota 111-100 on Friday night without their starting center, as Pau Gasol put up a 22-point, 12-rebound, 3-block effort in Howard’s absence, while Kobe Bryant helped out on the glass as well with 12 boards of his own.
They’d gone 0-3 without Howard in the three games he missed early in January (at HOU, at SAS, vs. OKC), though Gasol was also out of those games.