Dwight Howard Injury: Updates on Rockets Center's Ankle and Return

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IMarch 17, 2014

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Updates from Saturday, April 12

The Rockets report Howard is back in the starting lineup:

Updates from Friday, April 11

Jason Friedman of Rockets.com has the latest on Howard:

Updates from Wednesday, April 9

The Houston Rockets Twitter account retweeted Rockets.com reporter Jason Friedman, who says Dwight Howard will be out tonight against the Denver Nuggets:

Updates from Tuesday, April 8

ESPN's Marc Stein has the latest report on Dwight Howard's timetable for returning to the Houston Rockets' lineup:

Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell has more on Howard:

However, Houston Chronicle reporter Jonathan Feigen notes that Howard may not be out for long:

Updates from Saturday, April 5

Jenny Dial Creech of The Houston Chronicle has the latest on Howard's status:

Updates from Friday, April 4

Rockets play-by-play announcer Craig Ackerman reports Dwight Howard is out for tonight's game:

Updates from Tuesday, April 1

The Rockets' official Twitter feed has the latest on Howard, and the news isn't good: 

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle provided further details on why Howard was sitting: 

Driven to be 100 percent for the playoffs, Rockets center Dwight Howard said on Tuesday that he had fluid drained from his left ankle for a second time but that he was “not worried at all” that the issue will linger through the remainder of the Rockets schedule.

“There was more fluid in there the next time I saw the doctor,” Howard said. “It was best I get the fluid out and just rest. I’m not worried.”

Updates from Monday, March 30

Adam Wexler of CSN Houston has the latest on Dwight Howard's status:

Updates from Saturday, March 29

Adam Wexler of CSN has the latest on Howard:

Wexler added more details: 

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle added more on his status:

Updates from Thursday, Mar. 27

Jonathan Feigan of the Houston Chronicle provides an update on Dwight Howard's status:

Updates from Monday, Mar. 24

The Houston Rockets Twitter account confirms that Dwight Howard is back in action tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats:

Updates from Saturday, Mar. 22

The Houston Rockets provide an update on Dwight Howard's status:

Mary Schmitt Boyer and Jodie Valade of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Howard would be active:

Jenny Dial Creech of The Houston Chronicle previously noted Howard was a game-time decision:

Updates from Wednesday, Mar. 19

The Houston Rockets announce Dwight Howard is not expected to play against the Timberwolves on Thursday:

Updates From Tuesday, Mar. 18

Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston provides an update on Dwight Howard's ankle after today's MRI:

Original Text

Losers of three in a row, the Houston Rockets will have to stop their recent skid without Dwight Howard manning the interior.    

According to the team's radio play-by-play announcer Craig Ackerman, Howard will sit out Monday night's game against the Utah Jazz with a mild left ankle strain:

A "day-to-day" tag can mean a lot of different things, but it's likely that this is just a way to dole out some rest for Howard, who has yet to miss any of Houston's first 66 games this season.

He looked fine while dropping 21 and 14 against the Miami Heat on Sunday, and as the Houston Chronicle's Nick Mathews noted, the Rockets should fare well against the West's bottom-dwellers even without their productive center:

Still, while this probably isn't anything serious, it's something to pay attention to. 

On the season, Howard is averaging 18.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per contest. As the fourth-place Rockets continue to fight for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, they will need their dominant big man healthy in the middle. 

Of course, that's not to say they don't have impressive frontcourt depth. In Howard's absence, defensive stalwart Omer Asik will likely enter the starting lineup, while Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas will see increases in their minutes as well. 


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