In Howard's seven game absence the Rocket's have gone 3-4. More duly noted, Houston has been one of the worst defense's in the NBA during that span. In their past three games they have given up 378 points - the most points they have given up in a three-game span this season. Omer Asik will once again start tonight at center in Howard absence.
The Rockets (52-26) still have a way to steal the third seed from the Clippers (55-24), but they must hope for L.A. to lose their last three games and do their best to win out.