Feb 26, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) and Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) battle for positioning during a free throw during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Houston Rockets 101-93. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Injury News: Dwight Howard OUT vs. Clippers


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.

via Rockets Report: Beverley Not Concerned After Knee Scare

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.

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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.

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.

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