When the Houston Rockets take the court against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night, they will be without a member of their “big two”, as center Dwight Howard will be sidelined as a result of an ankle injury.
Dwight-”I had a cyst on it causing some pain, last few wks. Couldn’t walk after miami game. Removed some fluid. Structurally ankle is ok”
— AdamWexlerCSN (@awexler) March 19, 2014
Adam Wexler of CSN Houston reports that Howard had a cyst removed from his ankle, and as a result, he has been ruled out for Thursday’s game while being hopeful to play against the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night. Howard missed the team’s last game on Monday, but the Rockets didn’t miss a beat, lambasting the Utah Jazz by 38 points. In his stead, backup big man Omer Asik posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Houston is in a unique position to take things slowly with a starting-caliber big man behind Howard.
Against the T-Wolves, Howard’s absence will certainly be felt as they face-off against a front line occupied by All-NBA power forward Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic, but it seems as if Dwight will be back in short order, and that is a great sign for the Rockets.