Dwight Howard out Monday vs. Pelicans, third straight game missed

Associated Press

Dwight Howard stepped on the court and gave it a shot, but the sprained ankle he suffered against Detroit last week is not all the way back yet.

So Howard is out for the third straight game, this time Monday night against the Pelicans.

The Rockets have won the last two games Howard sat out, including an impressive come-from-behind win against Dallas.

The Rockets are 4.2 points better per 100 possessions when Howard is on the court this season, he has been one of the most consistent defenders on the team. Something the Rockets need.

Without him has gone small with Corey Brewer starting, then using Clint Capela at the center spot off the bench. Also expect to see more Josh Smith.