Dwight Howard was a surprise late scratch Wednesday night against the Lakers — his showdown with Kobe Bryant — due to a knee issue. While Howard told Houston representatives about the issue at shootaround even the Rockets’ broadcast team was surprised he did not play in the game, learning minutes before tip-off.
Turns out, he’s now turned to the Kobe treatment.
Howard had Plasma Rich Replacement Therapy for his right knee, reports the Houston Chronicle.
Howard said Friday that he underwent a “PRP” treatment on his right knee on Thursday, the same cutting-edge procedure that Bryant used on his knee in 2013…
The Rockets have listed him as day-to-day with a strained right knee and Howard said he would have to see how he feels on Saturday to know whether he could return in time to face the Dallas Mavericks. But Rockets coach Kevin McHale said Howard is “probably” out and Rockets players have talked about having to play without him.
Don’t expect him to play vs. the Mavericks, this early in the season teams wrap their stars in bubble wrap and protect them from any potential injury that could linger.
The question is will it linger — you don’t get PRP on your off day because it sounds like fun. This is a sign there are legitimate concerns about the long-term stability of his knee.
Also, with a star out is when we might see the depth issues around the Rockets a number of us prognosticators were concerned about.