Report: Dwight Howard might play against Knicks tonight

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Dwight Howard has missed the Rockets’ last two games – a loss to the Lakers and a win over the Mavericksafter plasma therapy on his right knee.

Houston hadn’t given a timetable on his return, and it seemed legitimate to at least wonder whether the star center would miss an extended period of time.

But we can probably put those concerns to rest.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

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Houston can get by with a combination of Tarik Black, Joey Dorsey and small ball – especially against the lowly Knicks. But the Rockets obviously functions best with Howard in the middle.

Howard on

  • Offensive rating: 103.7
  • Defensive rating: 90.0
  • Net rating: +13.7

Howard off

  • Offensive rating: 97.0
  • Defensive rating: 99.6
  • Net rating: -2.6

More than Howard returning precisely tonight, it’s important he’s close.