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Monday, December 8, 2014

Rockets Injury Update: Dwight Howard not returning anytime soon

By on 12/08/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Houston Rockets begin a road trip on Wednesday in Golden State coming off a 100-95 win over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday. Patrick Beverley and Trevor Ariza each had 19 points for the Rockets. The win improved the Rockets to 16-4, first in the Southwest Division. The team continues to play without Dwight Howard and it appears the center will not return anytime soon from a right knee injury.

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I reported on December 4 that Howard, who has been out with a right knee strain, would be out for the remainder of the weekend. Now it appears he'll miss quite a bit more time. reported that there is no timetable for Howard's return. Coach  Kevin McHale went as far as saying that Howard, who has not played since November 17,  is not returning "any time soon."

Jonathan Feigen also added that McHale had hoped Howard might be ready by Wednesday to play Golden State, but really doesn't have any timetable and the team's hopes for Howard coming back soon from the knee injury has diminished significantly.

Expect Tarik Black, Donatas Motiejunas and perhaps Joey Dorsey to continue to see the bulk of the minutes at power forward and center in Howard's absence.

Howard is averaging 18. 8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per game this season. The veteran center, in his 11th NBA season, has played for the Magic, Lakers and Rockets and has career averages of 18.3 points, 12.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots per game.

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