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Dwight Howard said losing Chandler Parsons to the Mavericks won't affect the Rockets at all.

"It won't affect us at all," Howard said. "We have the best center and the best two-guard in the game on the same team. It's on us." He's not having a great summer in the publicity department after saying some earlier comments about the Middle East over the past week. Howard might want to just sit the next couple plays out and stop talking for a while.

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Dwight Howard and James Harden will be part of the Rockets' sales pitch when Carmelo Anthony visits with team management on Wednesday.

Anthony's free agent tour is stopping in Chicago on Tuesday and will continue on to Texas on Wednesday where he will meet with the Rockets and Mavericks. Howard and Harden will be on hand to help the Rockets' front office attempt to persuade Melo to relocate to Houston and will likely try position themselves as a 2014 version of what Miami put together in 2010 with LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. It's also worth noting that the Rockets' front office invited Chandler Parsons to be present at the meeting, but he is in the midst of his own free agency tour so it is currently unclear whether or not he will attend.

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Dwight Howard said that he must change his "attitude" to help the Rockets take the next step toward a championship.

"For so long, I've been ridiculed for having fun on the floor, but I just think I've got to change my approach to certain things," Howard said. "How I am in the locker room, how I am in practice, all that stuff ... I can go out there and have fun and smile and get 25 points and 20 rebounds. But for our team to win, I can't have that approach." Howard averaged 18.3 points and 12.2 rebounds while playing in 71 games in his first season with Houston, though fantasy owners could have used more defensive production -- his 1.8 blocks and 0.8 steals were his lowest totals since 2005-06.

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Dwight Howard said after Friday's Game 6 defeat that certain Rockets players including himself "relaxed" at times during their first round series.

"Nothing is easy ... I've been to the top and it's not easy getting there," Howard said. "Portland came out and played from the first game to tonight, those guys played together. Just watching their mentality on the floor, it was good. It was a seasoned team." The Rockets fell in dramatic fashion after an improbable fadaway 3-pointer from Damian Lillard, and they'll seek postseason redemption next season with the core of the team locked into guaranteed contracts -- the team has affordable options for Chandler Parsons, Patrick Beverley and Omri Casspi, with zero key players headed into unrestricted free agency.

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Dwight Howard hit 9-of-15 shots and 4-of-6 free throws for 22 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks in Wednesday's 108-98 Game-5 win over the Blazers.

The Rockets still have plenty of work left to do, as they'll go into Friday's Game 6 in Portland down 3-2. Howard didn't look bothered by Robin Lopez tonight, while Jeremy Lin chipped in with 21 points and a full stat line, Chandler Parsons scored 20, and James Harden hit 5-of-15 shots and 1-of-7 3-pointers for 17 points, seven assists and three steals. While Howard looked comfy tonight, Harden didn't, and appeared reluctant to shoot it at times. He's really struggled in the playoffs thus far and the Rockets will need him to show up in a big way for Game 6 in a hostile PDX environment.

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Dwight Howard got off to a blazing start and went off in the first quarter, and kept it going in the second quarter, but cooled off and got into foul trouble, finishing with 32 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Blazers.

Charles Barkley was raving about Howard's 25-point first half, but the second-half shut down (7 points) is a big reason why the Rockets lost. They have to find a way to slow down LaMarcus Aldridge and starting Omer Asik might be a viable solution, although that's just speculation on our part. As for Howard, he looked as good as he ever has in the first half of this one, and the Rockets will need him to continue to play at a high level going forward if they're going to climb out of the 0-2 hole. Howard did hit 6-of-7 free throws on the night, including a couple clutch ones late, but they weren't enough. Howard has also lost 10 straight playoff games, which won't do much to help his legacy, although he has plenty of time to turn things around for his career.

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Dwight Howard intends to be more committed to demanding the ball.

After losing Game 1 in overtime to the Blazers, D12 is bringing a more aggressive approach to Game 2. "We have to play inside out, play their bigs and make it a long night for those guys," Howard said on Tuesday. "I have to demand the ball, get it and go to work." Howard is hoping an increased post presence will help tire down LaMarcus Aldridge, who torched the Rockets for 46 points on Sunday. "We have to go right back at him," Howard said of Aldridge. "You have to make him play defense and make him use his energy on defense. Make him have to run around and guard." Whether or not Howard's strategy will work remains to be seen, but hindering Aldridge while increasing his own offensive output could place Howard in the proverbial two birds with one stone situation.

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The NBA issued a statement on Monday that a foul called on Dwight Howard with 10.8 seconds left in overtime during Sunday's game vs. the Blazers should have been called on Joel Freeland.

It was a huge call for a few reasons: Howard fouled out because of this mistake, he would have had two shots, and it led to two free throws from Freeland, of which he made one of them. The Blazers won the game 122-120 after the made free throw and James Harden's shot just before the buzzer didn't fall. It's not a foregone conclusion this call altered the game because Dwight is far from a lock to make free throws, but it certainly casts some doubt.

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Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts joked that he will use the 'Hack-a-Howard' strategy on the "first possession" of Game 2.

Dwight Howard finished 9-of-17 from the FT line on Sunday, including 6-of-7 late in the fourth quarter and overtime, but he bricked four straight once the Blazers intentionally fouled him with five minutes remaining. That forced the Rockets to pull Dwight until the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter, spoiling the Rockets' momentum and slowly eroding their 11-point lead. Stotts may have been kidding about using the strategy in the first quarter, but it would be surprising if he doesn't use it at some point during Wednesday's game.

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Dwight Howard returned from his ankle injury on Saturday and had 13 points, six rebounds, a steal and two blocks in Saturday's win.

It looks like he'll play in the two remaining games for the Rockets as he prepares to work himself back into game shape for the playoffs. Omer Asik had nine points and eight rebounds in 19 minutes, while Terrence Jones added 10 points and two rebounds in 24 minutes. Both guys should take a hit with Howard back on the court.