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Doctor says Lakiers' Howard won't need shoulder surgery

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Los Angeles Lakers fans didn't have much to cheer about this season, including watching helplessly as their favorite team was knocked out of the first round of the playoffs.

But Lakers fans got some good news Wednesday that center Dwight Howard will not need postseason surgery on his troubled right shoulder, following an examination by Dr. James Tibone of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Group.

Howard suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder during a Jan. 4 game against the crosstown rival Clippers.

According to a press release from the team, Howard "was advised that surgery is not necessary at this time."

Howard missed six games due to the injury. However, Howard played in the other 76 regular season games and the injury didn't seem to adversely affect him too much,, averaging 17.1 points per game, along with leading the NBA with 12.4 rebounds per game and 2.45 blocks in 35.8 minutes. He also was second in the league with a .578 field goal percentage.
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