Rockets center Dwight Howard sat out Thursday’s 129-106 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves with a mild left ankle strain he attributed to “wear and tear.”
It was the second straight game Howard has missed with the injury. He is day to day.
Howard said he had a procedure Tuesday to have fluid drained from a cyst in the ankle, according to the Houston Chronicle.
“There’s nothing wrong with my ankle per se, but the cyst caused some problems, caused a lot of pain that I’ve been feeling for about 2½ weeks,” Howard said, according to the Houston newspaper.
He was the only Rockets player to start all 66 games this season before his injury kept him out for the first time on Monday.
“After the Miami game I couldn’t walk,” said Howard, referring to Sunday’s loss to the host Heat, according to the Chronicle. “I just wanted to go make sure everything was OK in it. That’s when I found out I had a cyst in it. We got some of that removed … and I feel a lot better. My ankle is fine.” ESPN
Howard said his ankle is fine so that’s all we can go on. Some observers still believe that Howard does not look like himself on the court after the the lingering injuries of the past two seasons. His numbers this season are about the same as his career stats so that might be an exaggeration.Without a doubt, his intensity and focus have been inconsistent, but Howard will likely turn it back up for the playoffs.
The Rockets are just one and a half games back of the Clippers for the no.3 seed. – AL