The Lakers announce that Dwight Howard and Malik Monk are also out because of the health and safety protocols, joining Talen Horton-Tucker
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 15, 2021
Malik Monk has been a spark plug for L.A. so far this season. His ability to hit 3-pointers and get his own shot has given the team a lift on multiple occasions.
Dwight Howard is a valuable role player for the Lakers, either as a starter or off the bench. His rebounding, defense and physicality have helped L.A. stay afloat.
With a 15-13 record, the Lakers are still trying to find some cohesion and momentum, although lately there have been signs of progress.
There appears to be an active outbreak of COVID-19 across the NBA. A game involving the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons on Tuesday had to be postponed, as multiple Bulls players were in health and safety protocols.