According to several media sources, Dwight Howard will not play in tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers due to an ankle injury.
Since making the decision to bolt from under the reins of Kobe Bryant, Howard has been relatively healthy, especially compared to the past two years where he dealt with back and shoulder injuries that severely hampered his play. But an ankle injury has forced the Houston Rockets to play the safe card as Dwight is being treated carefully as the postseason is right around the corner.
Here is an excerpt from the Houston Chronicle on Howard’s lingering ankle problem:
Rockets center Dwight Howard said he struggled in the second half on Thursday, his second game back after missing three games following a procedure to remove a cyst and fluid in his left ankle.
“My ankle was bothering me tonight,” Howard said. “I came out a little bit early in the third quarter because of it. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”
When asked if he might have to miss time, Howard said he does not want to skip any games after missing three when the ankle was drained.
In the three previous meetings against the Clippers this season, Dwight has played up to par with his season numbers, averaging 19 points and 9.3 rebounds against Los Angeles. Unfortunately that hasn’t been enough as the Clippers lead the season series over the Rockets 3-0.
Also worth mentioning, as shown above in the Houston Chronicle target, is the health of defensive juggernaut Patrick Beverly. With a torn meniscus his season could be in jeopardy.
Houston guard Patrick Beverley has suffered a torn meniscus in his knee, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Timetable for return unclear.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) March 28, 2014
Mesniscus injuries are always tough to judge. We remember when Metta World Peace returned a few weeks after a meniscus tear, Russell Westbrook’s entire 2013 postseason was lost due to a meniscus tear and, most recently, Derrick Rose’s season was sidelined due to the injury. One thing is for certain: Beverley won’t be playing in tonight’s matchup versus LA. As for his postseason future, a decision is up in the air as the guard is going to get a second opinion to see if he’ll be able to return to the court.