The Houston Rockets are possibly in the midst of an entirely new "Dwight-mare," after Dwight Howard headed to the locker room Tuesday night against the Sacramento Kings, per Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears:
Rockets center Dwight Howard heading to locker room in Sacramento after suffering a right leg injury. Looked like thigh.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 26, 2014
Sactown Royalty reported that Howard had banged knees with DeMarcus Cousins, which could've led to the injury:
Dwight Howard banged knees with Cousins. Cousins stayed in but Howard just limped into the locker room. Looks to be in quite a bit of pain— Sactown Royalty (@sactownroyalty) February 26, 2014
Houston Chronicle reporter Jonathan Feigen reports that Howard looks to be OK:
Dwight Howard heading back to bench, wearing compression tights. Guess he's OK.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) February 26, 2014
Howard checks back in. Brings Harden with him.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) February 26, 2014
Up until last year, the Rockets big man had been a model for consistency. In five of his first six years with the Orlando Magic, he played in every regular season game. Upon joining the Los Angeles Lakers, though, Howard was dogged by a back injury that clearly limited his performance.
He's since recovered after signing with Houston, but this presents an entirely different problem. Leg injuries are always so hard to predict, as the most innocuous of collisions can be the most troublesome. Just ask Russell Westbrook about last year's playoffs.
The Rockets will wait with bated breath as more information is known about Howard's injury.