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12 Dwight Howard C
Height/Weight: 6-11/275 | Birthdate: 12/8/1985 | Birthplace: Atlanta, GA | Team: Houston Rockets | College: No College | NBA Experience: 10 | Owned/Started%: 97/38 | Average Draft Position: 16.73
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Rockets center Dwight Howard doubles up Warriors in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Rockets center Dwight Howard scored 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting from the field and pulled down 14 rebounds in Houston's 115-80 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.

It was Howard's 11th double-double in the playoffs this season and fifth in his last six games. Howard is averaging 16.4 points and 14 rebounds per game in the postseason. He and the Rockets will look to stave off elimination on Monday in Houston.


Rockets C Dwight Howard (knee) starting in Game 3


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Rockets forward Dwight Howard is listed as a starter for Saturday's Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. Howard was able to play in Game 2 on Thursday, but was listed as probable due to a nagging knee injury heading into action on Saturday.


Rockets' Dwight Howard's knee improving


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Rockets center Dwight Howard said that his injured knee feels better than it did prior to Game 2, per the San Francisco Chronicle.

Howard had 19 points and 17 rebounds in 40 minutes in Game 2. He said on Saturday, "I don't even want to think of it as an injury."


Rockets C Dwight Howard probable for Game 3


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Rockets center Dwight Howard has been upgraded to probable for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Saturday in Houston.

That designation indicates that Howard, who has been hampered by a knee problem, came through Game 2 without a setback.

Howard certainly improved his performance Thursday, racking up 19 points and 17 rebounds in 40 minutes against Golden State. He managed just seven points and 13 boards in 26 minutes in the series opener.


Rockets clear Dwight Howard (knee) to play in Game 2


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Rockets center Dwight Howard will be able to play in Thursday's Game 2 matchup at Golden State, the team announced.

"I wanted to play, and you have to have some part of you that feels that you can contribute no matter what shape you're in," Howard said.

Howard was considered a game-time decision Thursday with a left knee bruise, which he sustained in Game 1. Howard was wearing a brace on the knee while warming up prior to the game.

The Rockets are 10-point underdogs at Golden State on Thursday.


Rockets' Dwight Howard (knee) will be game-time decision Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Rockets center Dwight Howard is considered a game-time decision for Thursday's Game 2 matchup at Golden State, reports NBA.com.

"He moved through about half [of] shootaround," coach Kevin McHale said. "He had a brace on. We'll see tonight."

Howard sustained a left knee bruise during the Game 1 loss Tuesday. Howard called the injury minor and was hopeful of playing Thursday.

"I believe it's going to be healed," Howard said, per the Houston Chronicle. "I'm not going to try to worry about it too much try to prepare for tonight."

The Rockets are 10-point underdogs at Golden State on Thursday.


Dwight Howard's knee diagnosed with sprain, not bruise


(5/20/2015) Rockets center Dwight Howard has been diagnosed with a left knee sprain and is listed as questionable for Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors, according to the team.

Howard, who injured his knee when teammate Josh Smith fell into him during Game 1, was originally said to have suffered a knee bruise before an MRI reavealed the sprain.

In 26 minutes of action in Game 1, Howard scored seven points and grabbed 13 rebounds.


Rockets officially list C Dwight Howard as questionable


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Rockets center Dwight Howard, who injured his knee when teammate Josh Smith fell into him during Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, has been listed by the team as questionable for Game 2, per the Houston Chronicle

Howard suffered a left knee bruise in the first quarter of Game 1, and was limited to 26 minutes. He scored seven points and grabbed 13 rebounds before leaving the contest for good. After Game 1, he was optimistic that he would be able to play going forward, calling the injury minor. 


Rockets C Clint Capela ready to step in if Howard is hurt


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) The Rockets could be in serious trouble if center Dwight Howard has to miss more time in the Western Conference finals because of a knee injury, but reserve Clint Capela is ready to try and help make a difference, per Yahoo! Sports. 

Capela, who was in the NBA D-League earlier this season, had nine points in 13 minutes during Game 1, and the rookie might draw the start in Game 2 if Howard is unable to play. 

"I am just trying to help the team with all my qualities," Capela said. "Run the floor, protect the basket, rebound, finish under the rim and block shots. If Dwight is not there, I got to do that."


Rockets' Kevin McHale unsure if Dwight Howard's will play Game 2


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Rockets coach Kevin McHale told reporters he's unsure if center Dwight Howard will be available to play Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against Golden State. McHale added that his status will depend on further evaluation on Wednesday.

"I don't know. We'll find out tomorrow," McHale said, per Sports Illustrated.

Howard suffered a left knee bruise in the first quarter of Game 1, and was limited to 26 minutes before exiting with 11:08 remaining in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's 110-106 defeat to Golden State. Howard scored seven points and grabbed 13 rebounds before the limping his way out of the game for good.

Howard said he didn't consider his knee issue major, and remains hopeful he can be ready for Game 2 on Thursday, per Yahoo! Sports.

"Hopefully, I can play," Howard said, per the Houston Chronicle.

"Thank God it's nothing major, but bruises around your knee are very hard to do a lot of things I want to do."


Rockets' Dwight Howard questionable to return with knee bruise


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Rockets center Dwight Howard suffered a bruised knee in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday. 

Howard is questionable to return to the game, per the Houston Chronicle. He was visibly frustrated after leaving the game and was icing his knee on the Rockets' bench. 

Howard had seven points and 13 rebounds before the injury. 


Rockets' Dwight Howard works past a left knee injury in Game 1


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Rockets center Dwight Howard worked past an injury scare in the first quarter of Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals at Golden State.

Josh Smith crashed into Howard's left knee while fighting for a rebound in the opening period. After a timeout, Howard was taken to the bench and never went to the team huddle during the timeout. Instead, he was examined by team trainers before lightly jogging back and forth down the endline.

Howard walked off to the locker room midway with 5:50 remaining in the first quarter. He received treatment along with an ice pack while on the bench, and was able to check back into the game with just 1:25 remaining in the opening period.


Rockets' Dwight Howard posts 20-21 line in Game 6 win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Rockets center Dwight Howard scored 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting and hauled in 21 rebounds in his team's 119-107 win over the Clippers in Game 6 of the Western Conference Seminfinals on Thursday.

The Rockets were down big late in the third quarter but closed the game by outscoring the Clippers 49-18 to complete a huge comeback on the brink of elimination and force a Game 7 in Houston on Sunday. Howard also chipped in two blocks, one assist and one steal in 40 minutes in the win on Thursday.


Rockets center Dwight Howard fined $15,000 for foul on Matt Barnes


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Rockets center Dwight Howard has been fined $15,000 by the league for his foul on Matt Barnes on Sunday, the league announced on Monday. Howard made contact with Barnes above the shoulders while he was going up for a shot.

Howard fouled out of Sunday's game with 9:52 left in the fourth and was then ejected after picking up his second technical foul. Howard scored just seven points and grabbed six rebounds before his departure.


Rockets C Dwight Howard ejected in Game 4


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/10/2015) It was a rough evening for Rockets center Dwight Howard, who was held to just seven points and six rebounds before being ejected in the second half of Houston's 128-95 loss at the hands of the Clippers on Sunday. 

Howard was in foul trouble for most of the contest, and picked up his sixth foul with 9:52 left in the game. He was then ejected after picking up his second technical foul. 


Kevin McHale: Rockets need to get Dwight Howard more looks


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Rockets coach Kevin McHale said the plan for Sunday's Game 4 matchup against the Clippers on Sunday will be to feed Dwight Howard the ball more often, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“We need to get him the ball more and do a better job of feeding him and giving him space,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. “We went over it today. That was one of the things we wanted to make sure we hit on and worked on.”

In Friday's 124-99 loss to the Clippers, Howard posted 14 points in the first half and then failed to score the remainder of the game. 


Clippers' Glen Davis fined $5,000 for flopping


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Clippers power forward Glen Davis was fined $5,000 for flopping in the first quarter of Game 3 against Houston, the league announced.

Davis went down after being pushed by Dwight Howard


Rockets' Dwight Howard not worried about lack of touches down the stretch


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) 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
(5/5/2015) 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
(5/4/2015) 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
(4/29/2015) 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
(4/28/2015) 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."


Harden, Howard set playoff highs in Rockets' win over Mavericks


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Rockets guard James Harden and center Dwight Howard both set career playoff highs to lead Houston to a 130-128 victory over Dallas and a 3-0 series lead in the opening round of the playoffs.

"James was great tonight," coach Kevin McHale said, per the Houston Chronicle. "What can you say? I've seen it a lot this year. The guy has played fantastic. A big game when we needed him to play well. He did. He stepped up."

Harden led the charge offensively, scoring a career playoff high 42 points and dishing our a team-high nine assists, while Howard dominated the boards, grabbing a postseason best and a franchise record 26 rebounds. He outrebounded the rest of his teammates 26-20. Harden's previous career playoff high was 37 against the Trail Blazers last year. Howard's previous best in rebounds was 24 in 2009, when he led the Magic to the NBA Finals.

"Dwight was unreal. He got every rebound and was just a beast down there," McHale told reporters after the game, per the Chronicle.


Rockets' Dwight Howard plays 33 minutes, feels no extra soreness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Rockets center Dwight Howard played 33 minutes in his team's Game 2 win Tuesday, his highest usage since Jan. 19, and said the next day he felt no extra soreness after the increased workload, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"I feel pretty good," Howard said. "However long I am on the floor, I’m going to play as hard as I can. When I need a break, I have to trust my teammates. (Backup center) Clint (Capela) has been playing some great basketball. I thought he has done an excellent job for never being in this situation, coming out there, getting some blocks, rebounding the ball, finishing, making plays around the basket. He’s been great. We have to be able to trust each other. While I’m on the floor I’m going to give whatever I’ve got."

The Rockets didn't practice Wednesday but are scheduled to do so Thursday. Coach Kevin McHale said that the test will be how Howard feels in the coming days, but his 33 minutes were "a nice baseline" and that the center could "maybe play a little more" moving forward.

The Rockets are a pick 'em for Game 3 in Dallas Friday.


Dwight Howard to play more than 30 minutes for Rockets on Saturday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Rockets center Dwight Howard will play more than 30 minutes in the first game of the team's playoff series against Dallas. 

Coach Kevin McHale said Howard's playing time would be "in the low 30s", per ESPN.