Dwight Howard struggling to move well or be effective after Josh Smith fell into his knee was a key issue in Game 1. Howard’s lack of mobility allowed the Warriors to play their small ball lineup, with Draymond Green at the five, without any real consequence.
Looks like the Rockets may need to find another adjustment to deal with that lineup for Game 2 Thursday — one doesn’t involve Howard.
The injury had been initially called a bruised knee.
Howard told the media Wednesday that if he can’t move better than he could during Game 1 he wouldn’t play in Game 2, but that it would be a game-time decision. He did go through a partial, light practice with his Houston teammates Wednesday, but added his knee is very sore.
The Rockets need to make a series of adjustments after their Game 1 defeat — James Harden needs to get to the line more than six times, and as a team they need to take more than 22 threes.
However, this was a series where the Rockets needed everything to go right to have a chance, and Howard’s injury leaves them in a dangerous situation.