|Mar. 18 1:31 PM PT2:31 PM MT3:31 PM CT4:31 PM ET20:31 GMT4:31 1:31 PM MST3:31 PM EST0:31 UAE (+1)21:3116:31 ET2:31 PM CT19:31 - Howard is feeling better and says he's `pretty close' to returning from swelling in his right knee that has kept Houston's center off the court from almost two months.
Analysis: Howard, who has missed the last 23 games with the injury, returned to practice in the last week. He wouldn't give a timetable for his return, but his comments seemed to indicate it would be soon. The Rockets have gone 15-8 during this stretch without Howard and entered Wednesday's games in fourth place in the Western Conference.
|Jan. 28 5:19 PM PT6:19 PM MT7:19 PM CT8:19 PM ET1:19 GMT9:19 6:19 PM MST8:19 PM EST5:19 UAE (+1)02:1920:19 ET7:19 PM CT23:19 - Howard remains out due to edema in his right knee, but the Rockets have at least now put a timetable on his return.
Analysis: Howard has been out since Jan. 30 because of the injury but is said to be targeting a return within two weeks.
|Jan. 27 11:22 AM PT12:22 PM MT1:22 PM CT2:22 PM ET19:22 GMT3:22 12:22 PM MST2:22 PM EST23:22 UAE20:2214:22 ET1:22 PM CT17:22 - Howard could miss Houston's game against Dallas on Wednesday night after tweaking his injured right ankle in practice.
Analysis: Howard missed Sunday's game after spraining his ankle on Friday night. He started practice on Tuesday, but left after turning his ankle in the workout.
|Jan. 23 6:36 PM PT7:36 PM MT8:36 PM CT9:36 PM ET2:36 GMT10:36 7:36 PM MST9:36 PM EST6:36 UAE (+1)03:3621:36 ET8:36 PM CT0:36 - Howard left the US Airways Center in a walking boot after injuring his right ankle in the first quarter of his team's win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.
Analysis: The star center suffered the injury when he twisted the ankle landing on the foot of one of the Suns players. Howard limped back to the locker room and did not return to the game. "I really couldn't put any pressure on it," Howard said after Houston's 113-111 win. "But we got the win, so that's the only thing that matters." Rockets coach Kevin McHale said the team would know more on Saturday about Howard's status for upcoming games.
|Jan. 18 9:49 PM PT10:49 PM MT11:49 PM CT12:49 AM ET5:49 GMT13:49 10:49 PM MST12:49 AM EST9:49 UAE06:490:49 ET11:49 PM CT3:49 - Howard is starting to play better of late, finishing with 23 points and 10 rebounds in Saturday's loss to Golden State.
Analysis: Howard is averaging 19.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in his last three games.
|Jan. 13 8:28 AM PT9:28 AM MT10:28 AM CT11:28 AM ET16:28 GMT0:28 9:28 AM MST11:28 AM EST20:28 UAE17:2811:28 ET10:28 AM CT14:28 - Kevin Garnett has been suspended one game by the NBA and Howard fined $15,000 for their altercation Monday in Houston's victory over Brooklyn.
Analysis: The league said Tuesday that Garnett initiated the altercation and head-butted Howard. The league adds in its statement that Howard pushed Garnett in the neck area, agreeing with the referees that the Rockets center did not throw a punch. The altercation began with 7:53 left in the first quarter after Garnett fouled Howard. The two exchanged light shoves before Garnett threw the ball into Howard's back.
|Jan. 7 8:59 PM PT9:59 PM MT10:59 PM CT11:59 PM ET4:59 GMT12:59 9:59 PM MST11:59 PM EST8:59 UAE05:5923:59 ET10:59 PM CT2:59 - Howard had 17 points and 19 rebounds in Wednesday's win over Cleveland.
Analysis: He's averaging 15.3 rebounds in his last three games.
|Dec. 14 9:03 PM PT10:03 PM MT11:03 PM CT12:03 AM ET5:03 GMT13:03 10:03 PM MST12:03 AM EST9:03 UAE06:030:03 ET11:03 PM CT3:03 - Howard had a game-high 26 points in Saturday's win over Denver.
Analysis: It was his first game back, and he was sharp with a 9-for-11 shooting night and 13 rebounds in just under 30 minutes.
|Dec. 13 3:43 PM PT4:43 PM MT5:43 PM CT6:43 PM ET23:43 GMT7:43 4:43 PM MST6:43 PM EST3:43 UAE (+1)00:4318:43 ET5:43 PM CT21:43 - Howard returned to the Houston Rockets' lineup Saturday night against the Denver Nuggets after missing 11 games because of a strained right knee.
Analysis: Coach Kevin McHale says he plans to play the All-Star center in increments of 4 or 5 minutes and he'll likely limit Howard to 20-24 minutes. Howard is averaging 18.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in his second season in Houston. The Rockets have done well without him, going 8-3.
|Nov. 22 3:37 PM PT4:37 PM MT5:37 PM CT6:37 PM ET23:37 GMT7:37 4:37 PM MST6:37 PM EST3:37 UAE (+1)00:3718:37 ET5:37 PM CT21:37 - Howard hasn't played since Nov. 17 because of a strained right knee.
Analysis: Howard is averaging 18.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game in his second season with Houston.
|Nov. 19 6:14 PM PT7:14 PM MT8:14 PM CT9:14 PM ET2:14 GMT10:14 7:14 PM MST9:14 PM EST6:14 UAE (+1)03:1421:14 ET8:14 PM CT0:14 - Howard is out for Houston's game against the Los Angeles Lakers with a strained right knee. The team made the announcement minutes before the start of Wednesday night's game. It was unclear when Howard was injured. He appeared to be fine at the morning shootaround.
Analysis: Howard is averaging 18.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game in his second season with Houston. Rockets rookie Tarik Black started in his place. Howard spurned the Lakers in 2013 after one season with them to take roughly $30 million less as a free agent in Houston. He had 13 points and 11 rebounds in a 108-90 victory over Los Angeles on opening night, when Howard got into a shouting match with ex-teammate Kobe Bryant.
|Nov. 15 9:12 PM PT10:12 PM MT11:12 PM CT12:12 AM ET5:12 GMT13:12 10:12 PM MST12:12 AM EST9:12 UAE06:120:12 ET11:12 PM CT3:12 - Howard turned in a big-time fantasy effort Friday against the NBA's worst team.
Analysis: Howard scored 21 points with 16 rebounds and seven blocks as he toyed with the hapless Sixers.
|Nov. 8 4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST4:10 UAE (+1)01:1019:10 ET6:10 PM CT22:10 - Howard will not play in Saturday night's game against the Golden State Warriors, the team announced shortly before tip-off.
Analysis: Howard was dealing with flu-like symptoms for the undefeated Rockets (6-0) as they take on the also undefeated Warriors (4-0). Undrafted rookie center Tarik Black will make his first career start in Howard's absence. Howard is averaging 19.7 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game for the streaking Rockets.
|Nov. 6 7:24 PM PT8:24 PM MT9:24 PM CT10:24 PM ET3:24 GMT11:24 8:24 PM MST10:24 PM EST7:24 UAE (+1)04:2422:24 ET9:24 PM CT1:24 - Howard had 32 points and 16 rebounds in Thursday's 98-81 win over San Antonio.
Analysis: Howard finished 12 of 18 from the floor and 8 of 13 from the line. He's averaging 29.0 points in the last two games.
|Nov. 5 9:59 PM PT10:59 PM MT11:59 PM CT12:59 AM ET5:59 GMT13:59 10:59 PM MST12:59 AM EST9:59 UAE06:590:59 ET11:59 PM CT3:59 - Howard had 26 points and 10 rebounds in Tuesday's win at Miami for his fourth double-double in five games.
Analysis: Howard was 10 of 16 from the field, though he did commit five turnovers - already his third game with at least five.
|Nov. 3 6:06 PM PT7:06 PM MT8:06 PM CT9:06 PM ET2:06 GMT10:06 7:06 PM MST9:06 PM EST6:06 UAE (+1)03:0621:06 ET8:06 PM CT0:06 - Howard scored a season-low 11 points in Monday's win at Philadelphia, though his 14 rebounds were a season high.
Analysis: Howard, who shot 54.7 percent from the free-throw line last season, is 14 of 33 from the line in four games.
|Oct. 30 10:17 PM PT11:17 PM MT12:17 AM CT1:17 AM ET5:17 GMT13:17 10:17 PM MST12:17 AM EST9:17 UAE06:171:17 ET11:17 PM CT3:17 - Howard had 22 points and 10 rebounds in a win at Utah on Wednesday.
Analysis: Howard also blocked two shots and was 10 of 16 from the floor. He played 11 more minutes than he did in his 3-for-5 performance in Tuesday's blowout of the Lakers.
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