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Rockets' Dwight Howard looks to return to 100 percent this season

By on 4/02/2014 03:30:00 PM

The Houston Rockets lost to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday by the score of 105-96.  The loss was the second straight to drop the Rockets to 49-24 on the season, second in the Southwest Division.  With nine games to play, the Rockets hold a game and a half lead over the Trail Blazers for fourth in the Western Conference. Moving forward, the Rockets will need a healthy Dwight Howard, who has missed five of the last seven games with an ankle injury. The good news is that Howard expects to be back to full strength this season.

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Jonathan Feigen, who covers the Rockets for the Houston Chronicle, tweeted the following on Howard's status.

Our own Costa Tzemis reported on March 19 that an MRI on Howard's ankle revealed a strain, which has limited him to two games since March 16. In those two games, Howard averaged 13.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.  Omer Asik has seen the majority of the minutes in the middle in Howard's absence. Asik is averaging 12 points on 10-of-17 shooting and 17 rebounds over the past two games.

Howard was the first overall pick of the 2004 draft by the Orlando Magic.  In 68 games this season, he's averaging 18.5 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. In 765 career games with the Magic, Lakers and Rockets, Howard is averaging 18.3 points, 12.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots per game.


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