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Rockets' Dwight Howard (ankle) isn't expected to play Thursday

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Howard isn't expected to play Thursday night. (USATSI)
Dwight Howard isn't expected to play Thursday night. (USATSI)

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is enjoying a bounceback season after struggling due to various injuries the previous two seasons. He's helped lead the Rockets to being one of the best teams in the Western Conference, looking to make some noise in the playoffs. However, a recent ankle injury has caused him to miss one game this week already and it looks like he'll miss another one this Thursday.

Howard missed practice on Wednesday and Kevin McHale told the media he does not expect his center to play Thursday night when the Minnesota Timberwolves come to Houston.

This would be the second straight missed game after sitting out Monday in a blowout victory over the Utah Jazz. This would be only the second game this season in which Howard hasn't played. Howard is averaging 18.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 1.8 rebounds in his first season with the Rockets.

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