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December 13, 2014 Updates

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard said he will play Saturday against the Denver Nuggets after missing the last 11 games with right knee soreness. "I'm just thankful to be back out there," Howard said. "Nobody wants to sit on the bench in a suit and watch his team play. You want to get out there in the action. But I'm happy to be back out there, thankful. I thank God for just allowing me to be able to play again. I'm just happy to play again. That's the big thing." ESPN.com

December 11, 2014 Updates

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard said he hopes to play on Saturday against the Denver Nuggets. Howard has not played since Nov. 17 against the Memphis Grizzlies because of a right knee strain. He had platelet-rich plasma therapy on his knee on Nov. 20. Howard said he didn't consider playing against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, and is aiming for the Nuggets game on Saturday. Yahoo! Sports

December 10, 2014 Updates

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard said he hopes to play on Saturday against the Denver Nuggets. Howard has not played since Nov. 17 against the Memphis Grizzlies because of a right knee strain. He had platelet-rich plasma therapy on his knee on Nov. 20. Howard said he didn't consider playing against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, and is aiming for the Nuggets game on Saturday. "I'm just trying to do extra stuff every day and just gauge where I am at," Howard said Wednesday morning. "I feel a lot of better. My legs are a little weak, but I want to say that is from the long flight here. Get a good workout in tonight and hopefully try to play Saturday." Yahoo! Sports

"The problem was the cartilage was wearing down," the 29-year-old Howard said. "I have been playing basketball for a very long time. When you have the bone rubbing on bone it just brings a lot of pain. Every step or every movement I was making, it was just a lot of pain. I didn't want to put myself or my teammates through that by trying to play through that. "It was something that needed to go away in order for me to be where I need to be as a player and be where my teammates need me to be every night. I'm happy that a lot of stuff has gone away. The best thing I can do now is to do the best I can do to prevent it from happening again." Yahoo! Sports

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December 9, 2014 Updates
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The Rockets’ hope that Dwight Howard could be close to returning from his strained right knee seemed to be fading. While discussing Pat Beverley’s return from a strained left hamstring, Rockets coach Kevin McHale said “It would be nice to get everybody else back, but that won’t be happening any time soon.” McHale had previously said he hoped that Howard, who has been out since Nov. 19, might be ready to return in time to play on the Rockets’ road trip Wednesday and Thursday to play Golden State and Sacramento. Asked if he had a better feel for Howard’s timetable, he said again, “He won’t be back anytime soon.” Houston Chronicle

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Howard said he does not have a target date for his return. After facing the Grizzlies on Wednesday, the Rockets play a back-to-back Friday and Saturday against the Timberwolves and Suns. Guards Pat Beverley and Isaiah Canaan and forward Terrence Jones are all listed as out. “I don’t think it is smart for me to try to rush anything,” Howard said. “When I’m 100 percent or close to it, that’s when I’ll play. I don’t want to give my teammates and the city nothing but the best, so I’m not going to get out there until I’m ready to do everything I can do.” Houston Chronicle

Howard is still listed as doubtful to play Wednesday against Memphis, the team he faced Nov. 17 before going out with the injury. “It’s basically the second day I was able to get out and do some sprints on the floor. Other than that, it’s just been on the treadmill and doing some court work. So, today was a lot better than the past couple of days. A lot of the stuff is going away. We have to keep doing what I’ve been doing. The trainer (Jason Biles) has been doing a great job trying to get rid of the pain that I’m having around my knee and we’ll go from there.” Houston Chronicle

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