Howard managed to pull down 10 rebounds with eight points (4-7 FG) and four blocks over 31 minutes in Monday's 116-105 loss to the Pistons. Howard avoided contact in his second game in as many nights, with some rest on the horizon for the ailing center. He didn't get many looks on offense, as the Rockets were trailing by 23 at halftime and needed to shoot their way out of a jam. Expect Howard to get the night off Wednesday against the Pelicans.
Howard is expected to be held out of one of the three road games the Rockets will play this week after their Sunday/Monday back-to-back set, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports. For the first time this season, Howard has been cleared to play in both ends of the Rockets' back-to-back set Sunday versus the Knicks and Monday against the Pistons, but it doesn't sound like his restrictions will be completely lifted just yet. With the Rockets set to play five games this week, Howard's workload will remain under surveillance for a little while longer, potentially opening up a few more minutes for Clint Capela and Terrence Jones in the frontcourt. The five-game week won't be the norm going forward for the Rockets, however, so Howard's fantasy owners almost seem to be in the clear of further scheduled absences for the star center.
Howard will play both games in an upcoming back-to-back set, Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle reports. This is good news for owners, who are hoping to get as many games as they can out of Howard this year. To date, Houston has left Howard out one end of back-to-backs in an effort to keep their big man healthy for the postseason. Apparently, they are satisfied enough with his current state of health to suit him up against the Knicks and Pistons on consecutive nights. Another factor at play could be the teams' struggles so far this year causing a sense of urgency to begin performing better. If that's the case, the Rockets' woes are a benefit to Howard owners. It remains to be seen if this is a one time occasion or trend.
Howard scored 14 points (4-7 FG, 6-8 FT) while adding 13 rebounds, four assists and a steal in 36 minutes during Friday's win over the 76ers. It's his sixth double-double of the season and fifth in his last eight games, as Howard puts his back issues behind him and slowly gets closer to full strength. Scoring aside, he's actually putting up his best numbers this season since leaving Orlando, and could be poised to regain some of his fantasy luster if he can stay healthy.
Howard has been cleared to play in both games of the Rockets' upcoming back-to-back set, Calvin Watkins of ESPN reports. Thus far, Howard has been held out of one half of Houston's back-to-back sets as he continues to work back from a nagging back issue. After being evaluated this week, Howard has been given clearance to play without restriction, so he'll be on the court Sunday in New York and Monday in Detroit. Howard is averaging 14.4 points and 14.4 rebounds this month, but he's attempted a total of just 20 shots over his last four games.
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