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Saturday, January 5, 2013
Dwight Howard (shoulder) uncertain he'll play Sunday vs. Nuggets

By Ramona Shelburne

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard said he is unsure if he'll be able to play in Sunday's game against the Denver Nuggets after suffering a sprained rotator cuff in the Lakers’ 107-102 loss Friday to the Los Angeles Clippers.

"I thought it was a stinger. It kept hurting the whole rest of the game, but my adrenaline was pumping," Howard said after sitting out of the Lakers’ practice Saturday. "But last night, it was killing me. And I was in a lot of pain this morning. I couldn't put my clothes on.

"Hopefully it feels better so I can play, but if not, I'll have to sit down."

Howard was injured in the third quarter when he was fouled by Clippers forward Caron Butler while attempting a dunk.

Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said there was a good chance Howard would be available Sunday.

Jordan Hill (ankle) was able to practice and will be available Sunday.