Dwight Howard out vs. Mavericks Saturday, no timetable for his return

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This is not good news in Houston:

You knew there was a little more to Howard’s last minute scratch from the Rockets game against the Lakers when it was reported he had Plasma Rich Platelet Therapy — PRP, basically what Kobe has done to his knee. That’s not something you get done if it is just a minor tweak, that’s what you do when you’re trying to get a joint to keep working through a long grind.

With Howard and starting power forward Terrence Jones out, the Rockets front line is thin and not nearly as talented. Against the Lakers you could see how much their defense really suffered.

Which is bad news against Dallas, the team with the best offense in the NBA right now.