Dwight Howard (suspension) will not play in Sunday's game against the Magic due to stiffness in his back, Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle reports.
After holding Howard out of Friday's practice as a precaution, they'll do the same for Sunday's game, as they don't won't to risk an aggravation of his back injury. The Houston Rockets likely won't be in a rush to bring Howard back considering it's still just the preseason, so don't be surprised to see him sit out another practice or two at the beginning of the week. His next shot at suiting up will be against the Suns on Tuesday, so consider him questionable for that outing.
Dwight Howard sat out practice Friday due to stiffness in his back, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Houston Rockets said they only held Howard out as a precaution, so the ailment doesn't look to be anything that will affect his status as the regular season approaches. Both Howard and Terrence Jones (ribs) are listed as day-to-day heading into the weekend.
Dwight Howard said on a local sports radio show Thursday that he played through a torn MCL and meniscus during the Houston Rockets ' playoff run last season, ESPN reports.
Howard Bison , who was limited to only 41 regular season contests in 2014-15, was on the floor for most of the playoffs, but it was no secret that he was competing at less than 100 percent. He initially injured the knee during Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals but was diagnosed with only a sprain and went on to finish with 19 points and 17 rebounds in Game 2. Howard played in all five games of the series, posting averages of 14.4 points and 14.4 rebounds. Howard insists that he's at full strength heading into the 2015-16 campaign, though he'll sit out the regular season opener due to an accumulation of technical fouls during the postseason.
Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (suspension) said he is ready to play in Tuesday's preseason opener against the Memphis Grizzlies , Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports
Howard indicated he'd have no issues playing both ends of the Rockets' back-to-back set to kick off the preseason set, suggesting he has nothing to worry about on the health front. While it's possible that coach Kevin McHale will deploy Howard in both games, the Rockets do plan on reducing the star center's minutes this season in an effort to keep him on the court after a wide range of injuries limited him to 41 games in 2014-15.
Howard is slated to miss the first game of the regular season due to a suspension, but barring any preseason injury setbacks, he should be ready to make his debut Oct. 30 against the Golden State Warriors .
The foul happened in the fourth quarter with 3:35 remaining in Wednesday's game. The Rockets lost the game, 104-90, and were eliminated from the playoffs.
The NBA also announced Friday that Howard and Golden State center Andrew Bogut had technical fouls from Game 5 rescinded. The technicals were handed out with 3:19 left in the second quarter.
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