Dwight Howard's return changes little

Center is back in lineup, but Lakers endure poor effort in loss to Celtics

Updated: February 8, 2013, 12:40 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

BOSTON -- The Los Angeles Lakers got Dwight Howard back in the lineup for the first time in four games Thursday and ended up suffering their worst loss, in terms of scoring margin, of any of the 27 losses they've piled up this season.

It turns out that the top of the list of the Lakers' problems isn't Pau Gasol's torn plantar fascia that will keep him sidelined six to eight weeks or Howard's torn labrum that could pull him from the lineup again at any time, it's simply learning how to play ...

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