Lakers need Dwight Howard on board

Will the big man's sulky demeanor sink the Los Angeles Lakers' playoff hopes?

Updated: February 11, 2013, 4:10 PM ET
By Israel Gutierrez | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- The loss had already been unofficially accepted by the time Dwight Howard went two-handed for a dunk while being fouled by Shane Battier.

The Lakers' deficit was 10 with just over a minute to go, so there wasn't even a hint of a celebratory reaction. That is, until Steve Nash, almost as if reminding himself to complete a chore he'd forgotten, darted over and slapped Howard on the backside before his free throw attempt.

After the game, the normally pleasant Mike D'Antoni ...

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