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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Rockets Injury Update: Dwight Howard remains out, will not play tonight

By on 12/10/2014 11:32:00 AM

The Houston Rockets have been without their superstar center Dwight Howard for nine games, and tonight they face the Golden State Warriors again without him.
The two teams met November 8th, both undefeated, and the Warriors won 98-87.

While Howard was sidelined, the Warriors dominated inside and outscored Houston 56-32 in the paint. Center Andrew Bogut grabbed 18 rebounds.

Steve Kerr spoke about the Rockets without Howard:
They're obviously a different team without Dwight. You don't have to worry about the roll man on James' pick-and-roll stuff, which is why we were able to stay with him.
Houston was also missing their defensive-minded starting point guard Patrick Beverley, who is in the lineup tonight. Rockets head coach Kevin McHale acknowledged they'll certainly need him tonight:
It's huge to have Pat back. Pat's gonna have his hands full. ... [Golden State's guards] give you a lot of hard looks with their ability to get into the paint and make the three.
Stephen Curry scored 13 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter, shot 13-of-19 from the field and nailed six three pointers.

Golden State averages 48.1 percent shooting from the field, the third best in the league; And the team shoots 37.7 percent from three, fourth best in the league.

Houston has been 7-3 through their last 10 games, nine without Howard. They have been impressive thus far, as they've maintained an .800 record, going 16-4.

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