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Rockets Injury Update: Dwight Howard out for tonight's game vs. Mavericks; no timetable for return

By on 11/22/2014 06:40:00 PM

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will not play in tonight's game at home versus the Dallas Mavericks due to a right knee strain. ESPN Dallas' Tim McMahon reports that head coach Kevin McHale says there is no timetable for his return.

The injury is concerning for Rockets fans given the sudden news of the knee issue prior to Wednesday's game versus the Lakers. Howard had participated in shootaround but was a game-time scratch from the lineup that surprised even the Rockets announcing team.

The Houston Chronicle reported that Howard underwent Plasma Rich Replacement Therapy (PRP) on Friday (the same treatment Kobe Bryant went through in 2013.)

Howard said Friday that he underwent a “PRP” treatment on his right knee on Thursday, the same cutting-edge procedure that Bryant used on his knee in 2013… The Rockets have listed him as day-to-day with a strained right knee and Howard said he would have to see how he feels on Saturday to know whether he could return in time to face the Dallas Mavericks. But Rockets coach Kevin McHale said Howard is “probably” out and Rockets players have talked about having to play without him.

Tonight's game will be the second game in a row Howard will miss. He is averaging 18.8 PPG and 11.3 RPG on the season. Undrafted rookie Tarik Black is expected to start in Howard's absence.

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