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Injuries Piling Up for Kobe Bryant and Lakers Ahead of Hornets Game

The Los Angeles Lakers are in New Orleans to take on the Hornets, and Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, and Metta World Peace have all said they will ignore injuries and play on Wednesday night

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    Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers catches a pass from Steve Nash #10 in front of Eric Gordon #10 of the New Orleans Hornets at Staples Center on January 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Bryant regularly wears a sleeve on his right arm to prevent injuries to his elbow.

    The Los Angeles Lakers came upon a hurdle, tripped, and scraped their knees on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. However, the race is far from finished for the injured and stumbling Lakers.

    Unfortunately, there is no timeout in the race for the playoffs, and injuries suffered by Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, and Metta World Peace cannot be properly attended to until the Lakers reach the finish line and see if they qualify for the next heat—the playoffs.

    Funny: Dwight Howard Imitates Thunder Fan

    [LA] Dwight Howard Imitates "Xena" OKC Thunder Fan - Lakers
    Dwight Howard imitates a notable Oklahoma City Thunder fan who would make Xena-like sounds when the Los Angeles Lakers were shooting free throws. Shot at Los Angeles Lakers practice on March 4, 2013.

    After Tuesday’s painful fall against the Thunder, the Lakers must get up, ignore the pain, and get back in the race on Wednesday against New Orleans. 

    The Lakers did not settle into their hotel rooms until Wednesday at 4 a.m. local time, so fatigue and travel may be a factor come Wednesday night, but those excuses are only cited if the Lakers are unable to catch their feet.

    Dwight Howard Talks About Kobe Bryant Dunking On Him

    [LA] Dwight Howard Discusses Kobe Bryant's Dunk Over Him - Lakers
    Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers talks about Kobe Bryant's dunk over him back when he was a rookie with the Orlando Magic.

    The Hornets are not a good team.

    The Hornets are engaged in a three-way battle with Phoenix and Sacramento to finish last in the Western Conference. New Orleans has only won two of its last 10 games, and the Hornets’ overall record is a dismal 21-40 ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Lakers. 

    Metta World Peace Comments On "Dirty Player"

    [LA] Metta World Peace Answers To Label of  Dirty Player - Lakers
    Metta World Peace discussed his reputation of being a 'dirty player' and explained why he plays with toughness. Shot by @shahanLA on March 2, 2013.

    However, the Lakers are scraped-up and leaking blood at the moment. 

    Between Kobe Bryant’s injured elbow, Dwight Howard’s shoulder injury, and Metta World Peace’s ankle injury, the Lakers are a hobbled group limping into New Orleans. On a positive note, all three players promised they would play on Wednesday, and that bodes well for LA’s chances.

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    [LA] Metta World Peace On Flagrant Fouls, Dwight Howard
    In part 2 of the Metta World Peace discussion about flagrant fouls, World Peace asks why hard intentional fouls on Dwight Howard are not considered flagrant fouls.

    The Lakers have beaten the Hornets twice this season, and luckily, they have two more games against the Western Conference bottom dwellers. 

    “At this point, it’s just about getting wins,” Bryant said after the loss against the Thunder. “I’m going to keep playing (through injury). This is a critical part of the season.”

    Mike D'Antoni At Lakers Practice

    [LA] Lakers Practice Video Coach Mike D'Antoni
    Video of Coach Mike D'Antoni addressing the media at Los Angeles Lakers practice in El Segundo, Ca on March 2, 2013

    The Lakers do not get much of a breather, as Wednesday’s game in New Orleans is followed by a flight back to Los Angeles and a Friday night date with the Toronto Raptors. 

    With only 21 games remaining over a six-week span, the Lakers do not have much of an opportunity to pause and assess damages. On Wednesday, they need to prove that they are back on their feet in the race for the playoffs. A loss to the Hornets at this vital moment would be unacceptable under any circumstances.

    Tip-off for Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Hornets is at 5 p.m. PT.