Dwight Howard, Patrick Beverley out vs. Knicks

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Remember the idea from this morning that Dwight Howard could return against the Knicks tonight?

Forget it.

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As I wrote earlier, the news that Howard’s injury isn’t expected to sideline him much longer is much more significant than his precise return date. But the loss of Beverley stings.

The Rockets will be missing their top two defenders, welcome news for the Knicks, who are beginning to get it going a little offensively. Houston will likely start Isaiah Canaan and Tarik Black, significant drops from Beverley and Howard.

If only the Rockets had a better backup point guard and backup center.