October 15, 2020, 12:36 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Shams Charania has reported that the Lakers have mutual interest in re-signing Dwight Howard this offseason.
Howard played a critical role during the Lakers' series against the Nuggets as they found success with him on Nikola Jokic. He wasn't as effective in other matchups, but for how cheap his deal is, it's worth having a guy like him on your roster for those situations. If the Lakers don't re-sign him, Howard is eyeing the Warriors as another potential landing spot.
Source: Shams Charania on The Athletic
October 11, 2020, 7:06 pmAlex CarusoSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Alex Caruso will replace Dwight Howard in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 6, as expected.
The Lakers will go small, with Caruso giving them better defense against a wider variety of Miami's players. Howard is also coming off a dreadful Game 5, making this decision fairly easy for Frank Vogel. Teams don't usually change much when they get out to a 3-1 series lead but the Lakers are being proactive here in an effort to close out the season tonight.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
October 11, 2020, 4:27 pmAlex CarusoSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Shams Charania is reporting that the Lakers plan to start Alex Caruso instead of Dwight Howard in Sunday's Game 6.
Anthony Davis will be forced into playing center tonight despite his longstanding resistance to the idea. That hasn't been such a big deal considering how often Davis plays as a typical center, however. The Lakers will be slightly more versatile given Caruso's switchability and we'd still expect to see Howard get some minutes as the top big off the bench. This change points to the Lakers going smaller, which means they're likely to focus on stopping Jimmy Butler at extra cost while running the risk that Bam Adebayo can run wild. It's going to place a heavier burden on Davis defensively as well and the chess match is on with the Lakers aiming to take home the title tonight.
Source: Stadium on Twitter
October 1, 2020, 12:18 amDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard started for the second consecutive time, but only played 14 minutes as the Lakers quickly opted to go small in Game 1 on Wednesday.
Howard scored just two points while pulling down eight rebounds and producing two assists in his limited minutes. Despite all the talk about Howard's excellent performance in Game 5 vs. the Nuggets, Frank Vogel quickly swapped Anthony Davis to center tonight. It may have been a reaction to the Lakers' rough first quarter, but the move clearly worked well as they went on to blow out the Heat for the rest of the game. Howard should continue to soak up minutes while Davis rests, but it's unlikely he plays a large role in this series going forward.
September 30, 2020, 8:35 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard has been selected to start at center for the Lakers in Wednesday's Game 1 vs. the Heat.
The Lakers opt to go big, pairing Howard with Anthony Davis. The duo will be a headache for the Heat to deal with in the paint, but it's a good thing Miami has players who are able to guard multiple positions.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
September 30, 2020, 7:31 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Frank Vogel has yet to name the Lakers' starting center for Wednesday's Game 1 of the NBA Finals vs. the Heat.
The Lakers have had three different starting lineups thus far that all include LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Dwight Howard got the last two starts against the Nuggets while Markieff Morris was inserted for the final two games vs. the Rockets and JaVale McGee logged the other 11. Seeing as though McGee has started in every Game 1 so far, it puts him as the frontrunner to get the nod on Wednesday. However, it wouldn't come as too much of a surprise if they put Howard out there instead.
Source: Mark Medina on Twitter
September 27, 2020, 12:07 amDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard drew another start for the Lakers on Saturday and rewarded his team with a solid effort on defense, providing them with nine points, nine rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes.
It was nice to see Howard flirt with a double-double in this one, but his impact in the game was far more meaningful than what was reflected on the stat sheet. Howard's body in the paint gave Nikola Jokic and the rest of Denver's frontcourt some headaches. He nearly got into it with Paul Millsap after Howard landed a shoulder to Millsap's face while boxing him out for a rebound. Beyond that, Howard was not involved in any sort of on-court antics.
September 24, 2020, 11:35 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard started on Thursday and double-doubled with 12 points and 11 boards to go with an assist and a steal.
Howard was plugged into the starting lineup and his energy and impact were felt immediately. He had 10 boards by halftime and was dominating the offensive glass and giving the Lakers extra opportunities on their missed buckets. He's been playing extremely well vs. the Nuggets and should start the rest of the way as this matchup is ideal for him.
September 24, 2020, 8:31 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard will move into the starting lineup for Game 4 against the Nuggets on Thursday.
JaVale McGee will move to the bench and could fall out of the rotation entirely, as he did when he was replaced in the starting lineup against Houston. Howard's played the better defense against Nikola Jokic through the first three games, and has done plenty of chirping as well. This was a move that the Lakers discussed prior to Game 2 but they ultimately kept the status quo. After one loss, they're making the change.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
September 20, 2020, 6:34 pmJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
Chris Haynes is reporting that the Lakers intend to keep JaVale McGee in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 2.
There was some speculation, helped along by coach Frank Vogel, that Dwight Howard might start given the defense he played against Nikola Jokic in Game 1, but the Lakers will carry on as usual for now. There's no need to fix what isn't broken at the moment. Although he's likely to keep starting, McGee hasn't hit 15 minutes in any of the Lakers' playoff games so far.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
September 19, 2020, 3:58 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard is being considered for the starting center position in Sunday's Game 2 against the Nuggets, according to Lakers head coach Frank Vogel.
Howard played 16 minutes during the Game 1 victory on Friday, ending with a solid stat line. He came off the bench but was moved into the starting lineup to begin the second half. More details should be available closer to tip off, although, Howard is someone to consider in DFS based on his contributions in Game 1.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
September 19, 2020, 12:25 amDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard saw just 16 minutes off the bench in Friday's win over the Nuggets but made the most of his time on the floor, producing 13 points, three rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
Howard made 4-of-5 shots from the field and true to form, made just five of his eight attempts at the line. Despite his limited time, mostly due to fouls (four fouls), Howard was able throw the Nuggets off their rhythm with his two blocks and two steals. The key to the Lakers' success in this game was the strong effort they got from their role-players. Danny Green, who scored just eight points on 3-of-10 shooting, still made a huge impact with a team-high plus-10 in the +/- column.
August 13, 2020, 3:51 pmJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
Javale McGee started and played 20 minutes in Thursday’s loss to the Kings.
McGee had a solid game, putting up eight points with nine rebounds, one steal and one turnover. It would have been nicer if he had some blocked shots but at least he had a defensive stat. Dwight Howard came off the bench for 12 minutes and had six points and five rebounds.
August 9, 2020, 6:01 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are listing LeBron James (sore right groin) and Anthony Davis (sprained right ankle) as probable for Monday's game.
The Lakers have been extremely thorough with their injury reporting in the bubble, and it's resulted in a lot of probable tags for players who are in no real danger of missing games. Speaking of, Danny Green (sore right hip), Alex Caruso (neck), Dwight Howard (sore right knee) and Markieff Morris (left hip) are all probable. We'd expect each and every one of them to suit up tomorrow.
August 8, 2020, 9:25 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard finished Saturday evening's contest against the Pacers with 10 points, 12 boards and a block.
He spent 19.5 minutes on the court in this one, getting much more playing time than JaVale McGee (13 minutes). The Lakers weren't pressing for a victory with their number 1 playoff seed locked up, but TJ Warren's seven point run to overtake them was nonetheless impressive. Howard will continue to play the role he's held all season, coming in off the bench behind McGee and Anthony Davis, into the playoffs.