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Less than four minutes in, Joey Dorsey at the scorers' table to check in for Dwight.
Dwight Howard definitely looks winded. Other than looking tired though, he looks pretty good.
Jason Terry with three unofficial turnovers to start here at point guard.
Well, Howard didn't look rusty above the rim. Harden with a pass inside. Howard with a power slam.
Howard gets the Rockets on the board with a dunk- his first points since Jan. 23.
In his first game back, Dwight Howard takes a pass from James Harden and makes a one-handed dunk.
The Rockets fans in the building are louder than the rest of the arena.
Donatas Motiejunas covering Anthony Davis at the start.
Rockets and Pelicans about to tip - More specifically, Dwight Howard about to tip off.
Omer Asik and Kevin McHale had a quick embrace before the game.
Got some Rockets fans in NOLA. http://t.co/M6Ycdd243E
Of course Dwight Howard has lots to do to work his way back, but his pregame dunk game very strong already.
Big game tonight: Dwight's back, Rockets 2.5 games behind Memphis & a Pelican loss helps keep their draft pick (Asik trade) in late lottery.
How great has Anthony Davis been" Has had 25p, 10r, 2bl, 2st in 11 of his 56 games. Garnett's 13 of those gms most in a season since '96-97.
Starting lineup is out - Dwight Howard listed officially for Rockets.
Starting lineups Rockets-Pelicans. http://t.co/XNWj6AGx3E
As expected, Pels injured guys -- Evans, Asik -- back, starting. As as previously mentioned, Terry starting with Beverley out for Rockets.
To McHale, Howard's return next step in rehab. "The worst thing he can do is go out there and think ‘I need to be in mid-season form.’"
Kevin McHale said Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni will share some minutes at PG. Expect Corey Brewer to guard some PGs.
Couldn't wait to get started. Howard begins warmups early. Been a while. http://t.co/35GrqoE0AU
Kevin McHale joking with the media before the game saying Dwight Howard won't play tonight. Of course he's playing.
McHale was asked if Howard good to go. "No. He won't play tonight." He was joking. Good poker face, though.
The return of Dwight Howard. http://t.co/wlQxEFupw8
McHale on Jones:"Terrence is feeling better.” Says he’ll play "when the pain subsides enough ...and I don’t know when that is going to be."
Update on Pat Beverley has torn ligament in left wrist and after seeing Dr. today waiting for swelling to go down before next step can occur
Kevin McHale said Terrence Jones (lung) still in pain. Just waiting and seeing about his status.
Rockets planned starting lineup this season is unbeaten. Might be a small sample size. Two games.
With Howard starting and Beverley out, Rockets will use their 15th lineup of season, only 1 for more than 15 games. Terry 6-0 as a starter.
Dwight Howard: “I haven’t played in a while so any time you miss a lot of games -- I’m anxious to get back on the floor and play.”
Dwight Howard: I'm just ready to play. I haven’t played for a while, anytime u miss a lot of games, your anxious to get back on the floor.
McHale said he would keep Dwight Howard on a minutes restriction tonight. Howard thought he might play around 16 minutes in his return.
Pat Beverley is still being evaluated for ligament damage to his left wrist.
McHale said a decision on Beverley wouldn't be made for what he guessed would be the next 7-10 days.
Dwight Howard said he'll play 16 minutes tonight.
Dwight Howard said he'll play about 16 minutes.
Kevin McHale said Dwight Howard will start tonight.
McHale said Beverley will see specialists, won't be a decision for 7 to 10 days on treatment options.
McHale said Beverley is meeting with more doctors today- so there's no update on his status.
Dwight Howard starting with a minutes restriction tonight.
McHale says he is starting Dwight Howard tonight.
The fine folks at the Smoothie King Center served the media breakfast at the shootaround. Nothing like grits in New Orleans.
Oh yeah, Dwight Howard (knee) questionable. He did attend this morning's shootaround.
Pat Beverley (left wrist sprain) ruled out for tonight Josh Smith (ankle) & Corey Brewer (left oblique) are probable.
2nd half just started btwn the Lakers & OKC... Westbrook with a big game, but same with Jeremy Lin! 18pts in 20min so far with 5 assists.
Jason Terry to start tomorrow. Prigioni his back up. McHale said Nick Johnson will probably also see some time.
Rockets are 6-0 in games Jason Terry has started.
Pat Beverley (sprained left wrist) is out for tomorrow in New Orleans. Dwight Howard upgraded to questionable. Josh Smith, Brewer probable.
Howard listed as questionable, but McHale is planning to put him in the game if he is still feeling good tomorrow.
ICYMI, Beverley flew back to Houston today instead of going to New Orleans with the team to have his wrist checked out.
Pat Beverley is listed as out with a left wrist sprain. Coach McHale was hoping he would get some news soon on Beverley’s status.
Rockets injury report has Howard listed as questionable. Has Smith (ankle sprain) and Brewer (oblique strain) listed as probable.
James Harden on Dwight Howard: "We are going to be very good when he is out there with us. Dwight changes the game."
I watched Dwight Howard at practice for a few minutes today - was moving well in the paint. Was going head to head with Dorsey.
Dwight Howard said that James Harden is playing like “the best player in the world” right now.
Nanterre vs Le Mans. Nanterre going all Rockets on them and killing them in paint & from 3 http://t.co/cGcDRHt5Az
Dwight Howard after practice: "I feel pretty good. We will see how I feel tomorrow. Hopefully tomorrow, I will feel even better."
Coach McHale on Dwight Howard: “We plan to play him unless what we did today bothers him."
Dwight Howard said he felt good after a practice in Indiana today. He and the staff will talk tomorrow and if he is up to it, he will play.
McHale says depending on how Dwight Howard feels today, he plans to play him tomorrow in New Orleans.
Rockets play in New Orleans tomorrow- no word if Beverley will rejoin them there yet.
Rockets guard Pat Beverley flew back to Houston to be evaluated. He sprained his left wrist against Indiana Monday night.
The beauty of James Harden: He leads NBA in PPG on drives to the basket at 7.9.
Liam Neeson in "Love, Actually" isn't a vengeful, butt-kicking bad-ass. Feels weird watching this version of him.
Harden’s 21 free throws tonight set an Indiana franchise record for most free throws made by an individual opponent.
No update on Beverley’s status yet. I will check in with him at practice tomorrow.