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

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard gestures to players on the Houston bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 121-103. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
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Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard suffered an ankle injury against the Detroit Pistons on Jan. 20. However, he's ready to return to the court.

Continue for updates.

Howard Active vs. Spurs

Wednesday, Jan. 27

Calvin Watkins of ESPN reported Howard will start Wednesday night.

Howard Still Key for Rockets Despite Reduced Role 

Howard has seen his role in the Rockets offense continue to decrease this season with the team using a more balanced approach behind James Harden. That said, he's still an important piece because of his impact as a rebounder and shot-blocker while functioning as a secondary scorer.

The good news is that he's been able to stay mostly healthy after suffering through an injury-plagued 2014-15 campaign that featured lingering knee problems. He dealt with a back issue during the preseason but has stayed on the court since then aside from some games off in back-to-back sets.

Terrence Jones, Clint Capela and Montrezl Harrell handled most of the frontcourt work with Howard out so his return should only bolster that group.


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