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Game One of the Rockets best-of-seven series against Portland is Sunday night at Toyota Center. "This is the reason why I chose this place and this team," Howard said after the Rockets practice on Friday. "I feel like we've got a great opportunity and I don't want to take any moment for granted. "We've come along way. I told you guys at the beginning of the year, we would be a lot better at the end of the year than we were at the beginning," said Howard, who averaged 25.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game against Portland this season. CSN Houston

Rockets coach Kevin McHale would not directly say he would play Asik and Howard together again, elevating it only from a topic he would not discuss to “it’s possible. “We haven’t done it a lot lately,” he said. “They were effective earlier at stages, and this might be one of those games where if we’re having a heck of a time with Aldridge we might try one of our big centers on him.” Houston Chronicle

April 19, 2014 Updates

After driving Dwight Howard’s white Ferrari to Saturday’s practice, and having thoroughly enjoyed the ride, Chandler Parsons was willing to go along with the deal to stay behind the wheel. Parsons joined several Rockets teammates Omri Casspi, Troy Daniels and Howard in getting what Jeremy Lin called “half Mohawks.” Howard, however, noticed — and Parsons agreed — that Parsons’ cut really was not very different from what he has worn before. “Dwight wanted everybody to get Mohawks. Somehow I snuck away and got the same exact haircut I’ve had all year. He’s going to make me do it shorter.” Houston Chronicle

Howard quickly corrected the assumption that he was giving away cars and did not say if other teammates would be driving Dwightmobiles. Parsons’ SUV was in need of repairs after a driver ran a red light and hit his car outside Toyota Center last week. (The driver also asked for his autograph). “I didn’t give away a car,” Howard said. “I just let him borrow my car for the playoffs. I didn’t actually buy Chandler a Ferrari for a Mohawk. That would be crazy. Not that nice. I love Chandler to death, but I worked hard for that car. “They got to get (the haircut) like James’ to be considered a Mohawk. Chandler has to get his closer to Birdman.” Houston Chronicle

April 17, 2014 Updates

"All I want to do is win," said Howard, who averaged 18.4 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks a game this season while helping Houston improve four spots in the defensive ranking category (16th to 12th). "That's the only thing that matters to me. If we win, then everything falls into place. I can't control how people feel. I can't control any of that stuff, so that's not my focus. People are going to say whatever they're going to say about me, say I'm not playing as great or they don't talk about me as much. But that's fine. All you have to do is win. When you win games, nobody can say anything. So that's the only thing I'm going to do." USA Today Sports

"I feel great," Howard said. "We have a great chance. These other teams are seasoned, have been together longer, so of course they're going to have a little bit more experience when it comes to that as a team. But if me and James (Harden) do our part and lead these guys, we should have a great playoff run this year. We really want to win a championship, so that's our goal and our focus. "For myself, the biggest thing is making my teammates better. That's my whole plan is to help my teammates in any possible way so they can be the best players that they can be. That's the only thing that matters." USA Today Sports

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