Dwight Howard C HOU 8 hours ago

Howard had a strong game Thursday just two days after suffering a sprained knee. He finished with 19 points (8-11 FG, 3-7 FT), 17 rebounds, and two steals over 40 minutes against Golden State.

Howard was a game-time decision heading into Thursday's game, but was able to give it a go and remained in the starting lineup. Not only were his numbers impressive, but the fact that he was able to stay on the floor for 40 minutes indicates that his knee injury isn't a major concern. Howard has posted monster double doubles in four of his last five games and is averaging 16.4 points and 16.2 boards over that span.

Dwight Howard C HOU 12 hours ago

Howard (knee) is in the starting lineup for Game 2 on Thursday against the Warriors, Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Howard was able to go through an on-court workout prior to tip-off Thursday and was cleared to play. He'll remain in the starting lineup for Game 2 despite suffering a sprained knee in the series opener.

Dwight Howard C HOU 13 hours ago

Howard (knee) went through a 15-minute pregame warmup and is still considered to be a true game-time decision for Thursday's Game 2 against the Warriors, according to the ESPN telecast.

It may not be until closer to tip-off before we know for sure if Howard is active, but should he not play in Game 2, Clint Capella is the likely replacement at center in the starting lineup with Terrence Jones getting additional minutes off the bench.

Dwight Howard C HOU 19 hours ago

Howard (knee) went through part of Thursday's shootaround and remains questionable for Game 2 against the Warriors, Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Howard was practicing with a bulky brace on his left knee and said he's still unsure if he'll play Thursday night. The center will likely be a true game-time decision, so look for a further update prior to the 9:00 PM ET tip.

Dwight Howard C HOU 2 days ago

Howard has been diagnosed with a left knee sprain, rather than a bruise, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Howard continues to be listed as questionable for Thursday's Game 2, and we likely won't know more until the team's medical staff has a chance to evaluate him following Thursday's shootaround. If Howard is held out, the Rockets will be forced to go with a smaller lineup. While that could put another shooter on the court, it would severely hamper Houston's interior defense, as was the case down the stretch in Tuesday's Game 1 when Howard was sidelined by the injury.

Dwight Howard C HOU 2 days ago

Howard (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Game 2 against the Warriors on Thursday, Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports.

Howard left Tuesday's Game 1 with a bruised left knee, sitting out down the stretch and playing only 26 minutes. After the game, Howard said he doesn't consider the injury to be serious and is hopeful he'll be ready for Game 2. The Rockets will evaluate him Wednesday, but a decision on his status likely won't come until after Thursday's morning shootaround.

Dwight Howard C HOU 2 days ago

Howard said he does not consider his knee injury serious and is hopeful he will be ready for Game 2 on Thursday, Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears reports.

He only played 26 minutes in Game 1, but it sounds like with a day off to rest Howard may be able to give it a go in Game 2. Look for the Rockets to monitor his minutes if he plays Thursday, as Clint Capela emerged as a frontcourt option they could possibly count on for stretches going forward.

Dwight Howard C HOU 2 days ago

Howard has a bruised knee and is questionable to return to Tuesday's game, the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen reports.

Knee issues have troubled Howard this season, and it would be a major blow if it sidelines him for further games in the Western Conference Finals. Clint Capela has filled in admirably with Howard out in Game 1.

Dwight Howard C HOU 5 days ago

Howard grabbed a double-double in a Game 7 win against the Clippers, posting 16 points, 15 rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 32 minutes of action.

Howard posted his third consecutive double-double and was able to help the Rockets advance to the Western Conference Finals. Look for him to have a high usage rate against the Warriors, who have a variety of scorers that will force the Rockets to require Howard's defensive presence inside.

Dwight Howard C HOU 1 week ago

Howard grabbed a double-double for 20 points, 15 rebounds, one steal, and two blocks in 32 minutes of action in Game 5's win against the Clippers.

Howard was able to avoid foul trouble in Game 5, which obviously made the difference for the Rockets. He outplayed Jordan and helped the Rockets prevent elimination. Look for him to come up strong again in Game 6, assuming he can stay out of foul trouble.