Dwight Howard Could Miss Extended Time
Dwight Howard was supposed to just be resting a sore knee. Now the Houston Rockets could be without him for an “extended period” of time. Originally expected to miss roughly “two games”, it was discovered that Howard had fluid in his knee and the star center could now be looking at a lengthy break away from the court.
Howard is already slated to sit out through the All-Star break, and if a second opinion doesn’t go well, he could miss even more time. Considering Howard has had issues with his knee for two straight years now, it’s not even crazy to think about him missing the remainder of the regular season, or even the NBA playoffs.
It’s tough to think about for Rockets fans, but the reality is Howard is their franchise player and at the moment he’s just not healthy. Howard has been getting rest and playing off and on for the past month, but an extended period of rest appears to be in order to try to get him back to 100%.
The real question in whether getting back to 100% this season is even possible, and whether or not risking Howard’s health for a deep playoff run this year is worth sacrificing some of his future.
All we know for sure is that Howard is out for the next couple of weeks and possibly a lot longer. In the interim, extra pressure goes on the shoulders of James Harden, as well as big man Terrence Jones, who just returned from a leg issue of his own.
Houston can easily get by during the regular season until Howard gets healthy. They have a solid standing in the tough Western Conference and even a steady slide would probably keep them in the playoff race. Howard being shut down for the rest of the year would ultimately crush any hopes of making a deep playoff run, however.
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