LA Lakers Players Who Must Step Up After Dwight Howard Injury

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LA Lakers Players Who Must Step Up After Dwight Howard Injury
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The 2012-13 season just refuses to get any easier for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Not only is the team on a three-game losing streak, but Mike Trudell of Time Warner Cable Sportsnet is reporting that not only will Pau Gasol miss at least two games with a concussion, but star center Dwight Howard will be out at least a week with a torn labrum in his shoulder. In the blink of an eye, the Lakers have lost their greatest asset in terms of size.

Shoulder injuries are no joke, so expecting Howard back in a week is being highly optimistic. The fact of the matter is that his teammates cannot just coast and wait for him to come back, let alone expect the team to be at full strength when he does make his return.

Instead, certain members of the Lakers need to step up their efforts in Howard's absence. Fortunately for the fans and head coach Mike D'Antoni, the roster is deep enough that certain diamonds in the rough may indeed be found.

If said diamonds start to shine brightly along with a few other players, then the Lakers will be able to at least stay afloat until Howard comes back.

All statistics in this slideshow are accurate as of January 6, 2013

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