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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Rockets' Dwight Howard questionable with sore back

By on 3/04/2014 12:30:00 PM

The Houston Rockets defeated the Detroit Pistons on Saturday by the score of 118-110. The improved the Rockets to 40-19 and kept them three games behind the San Antonio Spurs in the Southwest Division. The Rockets have a big test against the 43-14 Miami Heat on Tuesday night and would like to be at full strength for the game. But there are some concerns, as Dwight Howard and Jeremy Lin both sat out of Monday's practice with sore backs.

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Rockets coach Kevin McHale said the availability of both players will be determined today. But Howard didn't seem at all concerned and was confident the issue would go away.  Howard said, as reported by Jonathan Feigen of Ultimate Rockets,
“It shouldn’t be that big of an issue. Just had a back spasm. It happens. Just continue to play through it. It just tightened up, like a cramp in a leg. It happens and goes away. But we have a lot of able bodies. If it’s God’s will, I’ll be out there with the fellas. I think it’s good we had a day before the game. That way I’ll continue to rehab, make sure won’t have any problems tomorrow.”
Howard had 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes against the Pistons. He's the only player on the Rockets whose played in every game this season. Should Howard be unable to play against the Heat or be limited, expect Omer Asik to get additional playing time. Asik had three rebounds, but was held scoreless in 13 minutes against the Pistons

Howard is in his tenth NBA season. He averaged 12 points and ten rebounds per game as a rookie with the Magic in 2004-2005. Last season with the Lakers, he averaged 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds per game. In his first season with the Rockets, Howard is averaging 18.9 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. In 755 career games, he is averaging 18.3 points on 57.8 percent shooting, and 12.9 rebounds per game. 


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