Since Howard has been out the Rockets have gone 2-3, but his replacement in the starting lineup, Omer Asik, has played beyond good. So good that it's possibly a deciding factor in coach Kevin McHale's decision in bringing back Howard right now. He knows how important Howard is, and with the playoffs a certain for the Rockets - his priority is a completely healthy superstar center.
With only six games remaining on the schedule, Howard's status remains day-to-day, but uncertain. Houston will play three games in the next four days, all being on the road. So it might be possible he will come back in time for their last two homes games against the Pelicans and Spurs.
The Rockets are currently fourth in the Western Conference with a record of 51-25, two games up on the fifth place Trail Blazers.