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Rockets' Dwight Howard not worried about lack of touches down the stretch
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(7:48 pm ET) Rockets center Dwight Howard didn't take a shot in the final seven minutes of the team's Game 1 loss. He's not worried about his lack of scoring opportunities, however.
"I can’t focus on that," Howard said, per the Houston Chronicle. "I got to continue to be a presence on the defensive end, get more blocked shots, get more rebounds, run the floor more, do all the things I can do, not focus so much on if I’m getting the ball or not."
Rockets C Dwight Howard doubles up in Game 1 loss
|by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com|
|(12:43 am ET) Rockets center Dwight Howard scored 22 points and brought down 10 rebounds in Tuesday night's 117-101 loss to the Clippers.
Howard made 9 of 13 shots from the field and went 4 for 9 from the free-throw line. He added five blocks, one steal and one assist in 39 minutes of playing time.
Rockets PF Dwight Howard could be X-factor against Clippers
|by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer|
|(5/4/15) As the Rockets prepare to begin their Western Conference playoff series against the Clippers on Monday, forward Dwight Howard could play a major role in determining how the series will go, per the Houston Chronicle.
Howard did not play in any of the four regular season contests between the teams due to his knee issues, and so his return for the playoffs will create a set of matchup problems for the Clippers.
"Obviously, with the Clippers, they have two guys who can catch all the lobs at the rim," Howard said. "It's very important not only that I play great defense but that we have great help defense against this team."
Rockets' Dwight Howard has no issues with increased workload
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(4/29/15) Rockets center Dwight Howard averaged 36.5 minutes in his team's series against the Mavericks after the team aimed to play him 32 minutes per game, but he indicated Wednesday that he had no trouble with the increased workload, the Houston Chronicle reports.
"I feel pretty good," Howard said. "When I’m out there, I’m not thinking about minutes or anything. I’m just giving my teammates maximum effort when I’m on the floor."
The Rockets have been cautious with Howard after he dealt with a severe knee injury this season, but he appears ready to play as much as needed moving forward.
"It’s an emotional game," Howard said. "There are some times when I get super emotional, but it’s all because I want to win. I don’t want to be sitting at home watching somebody else holding up the trophy. Minutes, fouls, missed free throws, or whatever it may be, I’m going to stay locked in on what the task is and that’s to win the game."
Howard played a series-high 39 minutes in the decisive Game 5 win, racking up 18 points and 19 rebounds.
Rockets' McHale says Dwight Howard's knee has responded well
|by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com|
|(4/28/15) Before the playoffs started, Rockets coach Kevin McHale admitted he was unsure how Dwight Howard's surgically-repaired knee would hold up, but he said he's been pleased with how the knee has responded, reports the Houston Chronicle.
"His knee has been good," McHale said. "He is bouncy again. He has been feeling good."
McHale added that he plans to keep Howard around 35 minutes per game.
"I think he can do at least 35 [minutes]," McHale said. "I was hoping his knee would be able to handle what we have asked of it to do."
|For a guy who's widely considered the best center in the league, Dwight Howard had a pretty quiet statistical year in his first season with Houston. He dipped below two blocks per game for the first time in almost a decade, but still finished fourth in rebounds at 12.2 per game. However, there's a good chance Howard gets back up over 20 points per game with Chandler Parsons leaving 13 field goal attempts per game on the table in his departure to Dallas. They replaced Parsons with defensive specialist/corner-three monger in Trevor Ariza, so expect the Rockets to lean more heavily on Howard on the offensive end this season. He should develop better chemistry with James Harden, and coach Kevin McHale will probably want his team to get more comfortable running through Howard come playoff time. If he comes out hungry and looking like the player we saw in the playoffs, Howard is well worth a late first-round pick.
(Updated 8/27/14) |
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