If this were a game in December, or if the Lakers were not in need of every win they can get to make it into the playoffs, then there is a good chance that at least one if not more of the trio of Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace would sit out Wednesday night in New Orleans.
But instead, all three suited up and started for the Lakers against the Hornets in the second night of a back-to-back.
Kobe had a nerve in his elbow aggravated, one that clearly bothered him during the game against the Thunder on Tuesday. But he’s Kobe, as close as any human comes to being a Terminator-style cyborg, and you knew he wasn’t going to sit this one out. He was even tweeting about it.
Howard’s shoulder, which has a partially torn labrum that he is playing through, bothered him all through the Thunder game after he and Metta World Peace collided Tuesday night. While he may not be Kobe, Howard has played through a lot of pain this year (not always well, but he played) and he was out there.
World Peace had a mild ankle sprain in the final minutes of the Lakers loss to the Thunder, but he is playing through it as well.
We’ll see if this impacts them against the Hornets or in any games after. But the Lakers can’t afford any more off nights this season.