Rockets' Patrick Beverley and Dwight Howard return

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Dwight Howard is struggling in the post this year. (USATSI)
Dwight Howard is back for the Rockets. (USATSI)

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The Rockets return two key starting members to the lineup on Saturday, just in time to prepare for the postseason.

The team announced Patrick Beverley (torn meniscus) and Dwight Howard (ankle) are returning to the floor against the Pelicans. Beverley was previously thought to be lost for the season because of a meniscus tear on March 27, but is back after missing just eight games.

Howard has been recovering from having a cyst removed in his left ankle that has been bothersome. He's missed the team's last eight games after briefly returning for two games.

The Rockets are in a surprise scrap for the fourth seed now as well, as the Blazers have closed the gap to within just a half game (one back in the loss column) with a week to go. So while the Rockets are obviously eager to get their starting five ready for the postseason, it's also about maintaining that fourth seed.

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