Kevin McHale says Dwight Howard could return “sooner rather than later”

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The Rockets may not be without Dwight Howard for much longer. Amid reports that his health is improving, Rockets coach Kevin McHale told radio play-by-play announcer Craig Ackerman that the three-time Defensive Player of the Year is on the verge of returning to the lineup, albeit on a minutes limit.

Howard has missed the Rockets’ last 23 games after undergoing a bone marrow aspirate injection in his right knee. The Rockets have gone 15-8 during that stretch and currently sit at third place in the Western Conference standings. Getting him back in the next couple of weeks will allow him to ramp up his minutes for the rest of the regular season and hopefully be at full strength for the playoffs.