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March 27, 2015 Updates
March 25, 2015 Updates

The Houston Rockets are targeting Wednesday night's game in New Orleans as the return for center Dwight Howard. The Rockets, barring any late audibles, intend to bring Howard back from a 26-game absence in Wednesday's road game against the Pelicans and limit him to 20 minutes per game in the early stages of his return from season-long knee troubles. Howard officially is listed as questionable on the team's injury report. ESPN.com

March 24, 2015 Updates

Dwight Howard will play on Wednesday against New Orleans if “he’s feeling good,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. Howard said he was feeling good after a practice session in Indiana. So expect to see him in New Orleans after being out since Jan. 25 (26 games) with a knee problem. He missed another 12 games earlier in the season with other maladies (flu, ankle, knee). Houston is 25-13 with Howard on the bench. Houston Chronicle

March 22, 2015 Updates

Ask him where his MVP trophies are, and Steve Nash isn't so sure. Invite him to go back and figuratively rewrite the ending to the playoff heartbreak of his choice, just for the sport of it, and Nash says there's no need. Remind him of that Sports Illustrated cover, on which he's bouncing giddily alongside Dwight Howard and a headline proclaiming how much fun was in store, and Nash can only acknowledge that "nothing worked out the way we intended it to work out." "It wasn't as much fun as we thought," Nash said with a chuckle meant as much as anything to convey chagrin. ESPN.com

March 18, 2015 Updates

Rockets star center Dwight Howard said Wednesday he's getting close to returning to the court after missing the last 23 games with swelling in his right knee. When he does return, Howard said he expects to be restricted to 20 to 25 minutes per game until he can build his endurance, and he won't play in back-to-back games. ESPN.com

Injuries have hampered its top two signature athletes, Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard, in recent years. Adidas bet the farm on Rose in 2012 to the tune of $185 million over 13 years after his MVP season the previous year. The Chicago Bulls’ point guard has been snakebitten ever since. The latest blow was a torn meniscus in his right knee last month that required surgery. Sales of Rose’s Adidas signature shoes fell 20% last year to $32 million. Howard was never a big seller for Adidas and his signature shoe has now basically fallen off the map. Sales plummeted 70% last year to only $1.5 million or less than James’ racks up in two days. Adidas has shifted its attention more to John Wall and Damian Lillard over the past year. Forbes.com

March 16, 2015 Updates
March 14, 2015 Updates

Houston’s Dwight Howard was a guest on ESPN’s SportsNation and was being, well, Dwight Howard. You know, clowning around, dunking on a mini-hoop, screaming his lungs out and dunking on ESPN staff. Of course being the huge Spurs fan she is, SportsNation host, Michelle Beadle started the “Go Spurs Go” chant when Dwight dunked on her, yelled at the top of his lungs and proclaimed “The Spurs suck. Go Rockets baby!” ProjectSpurs.com

March 12, 2015 Updates

Dwight Howard, who hasn't played since Jan. 30 because of edema in his right knee, expects to be back in two weeks, he told ESPN's Lisa Salters on Wednesday. Howard worked out on the floor after the Houston Rockets' shootaround Wednesday morning in Portland, doing one-on-one work for the first time since a bone marrow aspirate injection in early February. It was his first one-on-one work against a defender, although he's entering his second week of on-court activities. ESPN.com

The current list of sidelined NBA stars is sobering—Derrick Rose, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Paul George, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Steve Nash—but it is not the worst season on record. Not even close, according to Jeff Stotts, who tracks injury trends on his website, InStreetClothes.com. Stotts' data indicates that this season will, in fact, end up falling below the average for the last 10 seasons. Through the 60-game mark, NBA teams had lost 3,165 player-games to injury, putting the league on pace for 4,326 games lost this season. That's below the 10-year average of 4,577 and well short of last season's mark of 4,989 games lost. Bleacher Report

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