Report: Dwight Howard participated in ‘intense workout’ Sunday

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Kevin McHale said Dwight Howard “won’t be back anytime soon.”

Otherwise, the Rockets are being vague about their center.

Howard missed a Nov. 19 game against the Lakers with a strained knee, and then he had plasma therapy the next day. Houston gave no timetable for his return, but a report emerged Howard might play a few days later. He didn’t and has remained out.

It’s getting a little concerning – and mysterious.

So, we’re taking any clues we can get about Howard’s status.

Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:

One sign that Dwight Howard (knee) could return soon: he took part in an intense workout Sunday, a source said.

Yahoo Sports also reported Howard might return a couple weeks ago, which didn’t happen. Though that was a different writer (Adrian Wojnarowski), it adds to the uncertainty of this information – especially because McHale is saying essentially the opposite.

The Rockets have gone 7-2 without Howard. They’re obviously better with him, but they’re surviving just fine as he recuperates. Logically, him missing significantly more time seems more likely, but this situation is pretty strange.