Lakers’ Dwight Howard receives platelet therapy for shoulder

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard was not with the team for last night’s contest against the Minnesota Timberwolves, as he returned to LA to undergo Platelet-rich plasma therapy on his injured shoulder, according to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com.



Howard is trying to avoid undergoing surgery on his shoulder. He does not have a complete labrum tear, but the lingering injury proves painful and continues to sideline him sporadically throughout the season.

The PRP therapy is supposed to accelerate the healing process, and the Lakers and Howard hope the procedure will help the center avoid surgery.

Howard is slated to rejoin the Lakers Sunday in Detroit, but he’s not expected to suit up for that contest against the Pistons. Instead, Howard’s next game will likely come Tuesday night against the Brooklyn Nets.

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