David Hardisty

Jason Terry is 3-3 from the field, Dwight Howard is 4-4 and Josh Smith is 5-5. That's not too bad.

Jonathan Feigen

Back in small lineup with Josh Smith, Dwight Howard out, Harden back to matching up with power forwards. Has had to do that a lot this year.

Jenny Dial Creech

Jason terry is 3/3 on 3s tonight -he has 9 points and the #Rockets are up 50-36 on Minnesota.

Jonathan Feigen

Josh Smith was protesting what looked like a pretty bad call when Kevin Martin said something that cracked him up. Brewer, too.

David Hardisty

Josh Smith has 10 points, 4 assists in 12 minutes, going 4-4 FG and 2-2 3P. He's killing TWovles right now w/ dishes to Dwight. 40-26 HOU.

Jonathan Feigen

Dwight with four dunks and a goaltending in 7 minutes. Mid-season form already?

Jonathan Feigen

Flip Saunders playing Chase Budinger, Justin Hamilton, Sean Kilpatrick early. In other words, he cleared the bench in 2nd quarter.

David Hardisty

Josh Smith fires an alleyoop pass to Dwight Howard that was so off it banked right in... and it's a three-pointer.

Calvin Watkins

Josh Smith just banked in a shot that was meant to be an alley-oop for Dwight Howard.

Jonathan Feigen

Dwight Howard starting second quarter. Had a pair of dunks in his first four-minute stint. Could get a good six-minute run this time.

Calvin Watkins

Rockets with 13 rebounds, TWolves with just six after first quarter.

Jonathan Feigen

Source: Ex-assistant Brett Gunning working with Rockets players again blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets PF Donatas Motiejunas sidelines for 1-2 weeks with back pain blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Calvin Watkins

After 1 quarter, Rockets lead, 31-22. Harden with 10 and the Rockets are 5-11 from 3. Howard with four points and one rebound in 4 min.

Jenny Dial Creech

End of the first - #Rockets lead #Timberwolves 31-22. Minnesota has gone through its roster already - only 8 players available tonight.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets PF Donatas Motiejunas sidelines for 1-2 weeks with back pain blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

David Hardisty

Harden puts up 10 points, 3 assists and Jason Terry knocks down a couple triples and the Rockets lead 31-22 after one.

Jonathan Feigen

Terrence Jones makes progress in comeback (Updated with Jones' hopes to return next week.) blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jonathan Feigen

With Rockets running out of big men, Brewer and Ariza in front court together. Makes it tougher to play one vs. points with Beverley out.

Jenny Dial Creech

Update on Terrence Jones #rockets - Terrence Jones makes progress in comeback blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Calvin Watkins

We have two dunks from Howard thanks on feeds from Harden. It's 13-2, Rockets. TWolves dress eight, will play seven.

Howard Chen

Not good news for the #Rockets http://t.co/EtnMbsxk9G

Jonathan Feigen

Thought it'd be interesting to see how Rockets offense clicks in Howard's stints. Tough to tell way scoring so easily, up 11-2 in 2 1/2 mins

David Hardisty

This game is not going to go well for the Timberwolves. 11-2 Rockets out of the gate.

Calvin Watkins

Before tip off the entire starting five of the Timber Wolves, hugged Rockets great and HOF Hakeem Olajuwon.

Jonathan Feigen

With Capela callup, Rockets have 11 players available, despite huge absences; Wolves only 8. If they have a tug-of-war, Rockets will roll.

Calvin Watkins

Dwight Howard was the first player introduced this evening for the home team.

Jonathan Feigen

There are circumstances that don't apply, with league approval. RT @nico_lopez5: @Jonathan Feigen is that even allowed?

Jonathan Feigen

Second Rockets-Timberwolves game this season with introductions in Spanish. FIrst was in Mexico City. Tonight for Noche Latina.

Calvin Watkins

Excuse me, we missed one. TWolves have eight total players. Andrew Wiggins is the star of the show.

Jonathan Feigen

With all of the Timberwolves' injuries, they go with small lineups off the bench. Rockets happily under the circumstances will, too.

Calvin Watkins

Looks like Minnesota will play with seven tonight.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets not in situation would be permitted 16th roster spot, but if they were, Josh Powell would be ready after weeks training with Dwight.

David Hardisty

Rockets say Donatas Motiejunas has been "removed from basketball activities" for 1-2 weeks after his back was evaluated today by doctors.

Jonathan Feigen

With Motiejunas, Jones, Papanikolaou out, Rockets down to Howard (for 20 minutes), Josh Smith, Joey Dorsey, Capela at center, power forward.

Calvin Watkins

Rockets-Wolves lineups: HOU: Ariza, Smith, Howard, Harden and Terry. MINN: Wiggins, Payne, Dieng, Lavine and Brown.

Calvin Watkins

Rockets announced Donatas Motiejunas experiencing low back pain & tightness and will be out one to two weeks.

Jenny Dial Creech

D-Mo will be out the next one to two weeks with lower back soreness and tightness.

Jonathan Feigen

As mentioned eaelier, Donatas Motiejunas out one to two weeks with low back pain and tightness.

Howard Chen

. @ShellHouOpen will have 13 of the world's top 25 golfers. Deadline was today for golfers to commit. Should be a fun tournament!

Jonathan Feigen

Never got a copy of NBA Guide or Register this yr, but to cover the Rockets this season, might be better off w/ Black's Medical Dictionary.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets move on to lineup No. 15 of the season -- Terry, Harden, Ariza, Smith and Howard -- tonight. Only one lineup for more than 15 games.

Jenny Dial Creech

Talked to Terrence Jones- no set return for him but he has started to work out again.

Jonathan Feigen

Terrence Jones: "Hopefully, if all goes well, get a couple of practices in me, I could be out there as early as next week."

Calvin Watkins

Terrence Jones walks into Rockets locker room. Says he worked out for the first time yesterday. Hopes to return in a week.

Jonathan Feigen

Terrence Jones said if all goes well could be back as soon as next week.

Jenny Dial Creech

Terrence Jones is in the locker room tonight. Nice to see the young fella.

Calvin Watkins

Terrence Jones is still in pain and is probably another week away from returning.

Calvin Watkins

Kevin McHale said Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) remains out for a week to 10 days. Terrence Jones is still out. Not ready.

Calvin Watkins

Dwight Howard will stay on his prescribed minute plan of 20 despite the being shorthanded up front.

Calvin Watkins

C Clint Capela from Houston’s D-League team, Rio Grande Valley, gets here around 7:10. Not expected to play tonight.

Calvin Watkins

Donatas Motiejunas had some back issues and they resurfaced vs NOLA.

Jenny Dial Creech

Josh Smith will start in place of D-Mo tonight. Other available big men are Dwight Howard (on a 20 minute restriction) and Joey Dorsey.

Calvin Watkins

Houston PF Donatas Motiejunas (low back pain) is out and Josh Smith will start for him.

David Hardisty

McHale laughed when asked if Capela will get time tonight. Said Rockets would need to be either way up or way down for that to happen.

Jonathan Feigen

Capela due to arrive at about 7:10. Obviously not in tonight's plans.

Jonathan Feigen

Papanikolau another week to 10 days away, McHale said.

Jonathan Feigen

McHale confirms Motiejunas out. Smith to start. Would not elaborate.

David Hardisty

Donatas Motiejunas (back pain) is confirmed out tonight.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets expect to be without Motiejunas, Jones and Kostas Papanikolaou, leaving Howard, Smith, recalled Capela as only big men.

Jonathan Feigen

Only Motiejunas, Trevor Ariza have played in every Rockets game this season. Motiejunas slumped a bit after AS break, but was coming on.

Jonathan Feigen

Donatas Motiejunas, already questionable, left shootaround today w/ low back pain. Expect him to be out tonight, likely for road trip, too.

Jenny Dial Creech

If I ever lose my mind, it will be due to Houston traffic.

David Hardisty

Rockets bring Clint Capela back up from the @RGVVipers. The quest for his first NBA basket is back on.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets recall Clint Capela from the RGV Vipers. Was not at shootaround today.

Jonathan Feigen

ICYMI, Rockets to place wreath at Tomb of Unknown Solidier, tour Section 60, Pentagon in special Washington visit blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Howard Chen

In that @PabloTorre article, I expect fans to take pics with JLin, but to read that those same "fans" were laughing AT JLin too, sigh...

Jonathan Feigen

McHale worked with NBA directly to set up much of tomorrow's trip. His father, Paul, fought under Patton in WWII.

Jonathan Feigen

As part of Rockets trip to Arlington tomorrow, Kevin McHale will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jenny Dial Creech

Injury list is long between Rockets, Timberwolves for Friday's game blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jenny Dial Creech

Dwight Howard's workload to increase in second game back from injury blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jonathan Feigen

Injury list is long between Rockets, Timberwolves for Friday's game blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jonathan Feigen

Source: Ex-assistant Brett Gunning working with Rockets players again blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jonathan Feigen

Dwight Howard's workload to increase in second game back from injury blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jonathan Feigen

Hoops for Troops events at Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery on Rockets' itinerary for D.C. trip blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jenny Dial Creech

Hoops for Troops on Rockets' itinerary for D.C. trip blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets could clinch a playoff spot tonight with a win over Minnesota. They play at 7 p.m.

Jenny Dial Creech

The goal tonight is to play 20 minutes, Dwight Howard said. Against New Orleans, he played 17.

Jenny Dial Creech

I asked Dwight about his limited minutes. He said, "Tonight I think I get to play for an extra minute,” and seemed pretty happy about that.

Calvin Watkins

When asked did he know with a victory Rockets clinch postseason berth James Harden said "no, thanks for telling me."

Jonathan Feigen

James Harden said he pays no attention to the standings. Did not know Rickets would clinch playoff spot with a win tonight.

Calvin Watkins

Dwight Howard said he will play at least 20 minutes tonight. Jason Terry noted Howard is explosive and looking good.

Jonathan Feigen

Dwight Howard said he will be up to 20 minutes tonight after held to 16 on Wednesday.

Jonathan Feigen

Motiejunas still listed as questionable with a sore lower back. Sat out shootaround.

Jenny Dial Creech

DMo questionable tonight with lower back pain. He didn't go through shoot around.

Calvin Watkins

Kevin Garnett (sore left knee) and Ricky Rubio (sore left ankle) are doubtful for tonight's game vs Houston.

Calvin Watkins

Donatas Motiejunas (lower back) did not participate in Friday's shootaround.

Jonathan Feigen

From slumping to sharp when Rockets needed him, Rockets' Motiejunas learning to roll with punches houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets… via @HoustonChron

Howard Chen

Interesting take RT @CJNitkowski: #Astros rep takes another hit as post-surgery Aiken has no regrets about not signin foxsports.com/mlb/just-a-bit…

Howard Chen

#AAJA sports journos in Houston! Great 2see @thejackwang (covers #UCLA ) & @kylegoon (covers #Utes) here for #NCAA's http:/

Daryl Morey

Congratulations to my favorite player growing up @Mark25Price on his new gig as head coach of @Charlotte49ers!

Jenny Dial Creech

The worst part about that Kentucky-West Virginia outcome was that it was closer than it looked.

Jenny Dial Creech

Was nice of West Virginia to show up for the Sweet 16... Oh wait...

Jenny Dial Creech

Who the heck in this Kentucky guy with the headband? He looks like he should be in an #SNL skit.

Calvin Watkins

Best Rockets can do is vet minimum if they want Sergio Llull.

Calvin Watkins

Source: Rockets have not offered contract to Real Madrid G Sergio Llull. Team doesn't have money under cap for this year.

Jenny Dial Creech

Oreos and red wine make a perfectly acceptable dinner, right?