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With Dwight Howard Out, Pau Gasol Looks Forward to Battle with Brook Lopez by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

Pau Gasol Will Battle Brook Lopez Tonight

Pau Gasol Will Battle Brook Lopez Tonight

NEW YORK — While Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni said he wasn’t sure if center Dwight Howard would play tonight in the matchup against the Brooklyn Nets, Howard himself told the media shortly thereafter that he was out for the Lakers only visit to Barclays Center.

On the bright side, there will be no drama leading up to tip-off, and with this in mind, the Nets now know that they will not face the object of their affection for much of last season and the off season.

Now, as a result, Pau Gasol will likely start for the Lakers at the center position and the primary responsibility of guarding Brook Lopez is his.

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