Earl Clark stepping up for Lakers

Seemingly getting better by the day, Lakers forward has teammates' respect

Updated: February 6, 2013, 3:24 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

NEW YORK -- Dwight Howard has already missed six games and counting this season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Pau Gasol has missed 13 because of various injuries and could miss a great deal more once he gets the results of his MRI on the plantar fasciitis on his right foot on Thursday. Jordan Hill went down with season-ending hip surgery two weeks ago.

Where would the Lakers be without their throw-in small forward from the Howard trade turned starting power forward turned sometimes ...

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