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NBA roundup: Howard claims opponents trying to hurt his shoulder

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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard told Yahoo! Sports that opposing teams are trying to injure his sore shoulder.

He made the comments after the Lakers' 107-97 loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday.

Howard said Heat players grabbed at his injured right arm on his first trip down the court.

"They got me early," he said. "They would yank it back."

He also said the Charlotte Bobcats did the same thing during Friday night's game.

"It's like a jolt," he said. "Then it hurts the rest of the night."

Howard has been playing through a torn right labrum throughout the season. There is no timetable on when it will heal. He said he is doing all he can on the court but does not want the injury to worsen.

He played 41 minutes Sunday and had 15 points and nine rebounds.

---The Brooklyn Nets are trying to acquire forward Josh Smith from the Atlanta Hawks.

A source told ESPN that the two sides have recently talked but a deal is not yet close.

The Nets are reportedly willing to trade power forward Kris Humphries and shooting guard MarShon Brooks to get the versatile Smith. It is believed, however, that the Hawks also want a young center or a first round pick in the deal.

---The Nets announced that point guard Deron Williams will miss the next two games with inflammation in both his ankles.

Williams is expected to return after the All-Star break, which is this weekend. He had platelet-rich plasma treatment on Monday.

--Mike Bibby, who has not played in the NBA since last season, recently was ejected and escorted from the gym for arguing with the referees while watching his son's high school basketball game in Arizona..
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