Game-Time Decision for Dwight Howard

By Ben Casey

Add Dwight Howard to the list of Rockets players who may miss games in the near future.

According to the Houston Rockets‘ Twitter account, Dwight Howard may not play tonight against the Utah Jazz after leaving this morning’s shootaround with lower back tightness. As I wrote recently, the last thing Houston needs right now is more players missing games. The news is even more worrisome considering the fact that Utah’s usual starting center Rudy Gobert has been upgraded to questionable for the first time since suffering an ankle knee in November.

Shootaround Update: Dwight Howard has lower back tightness. He is a game-time decision tonight.

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 7, 2016

If Howard does end up sitting tonight, the Rockets could be left with just nine players suiting up. Other players with injuries are Donatas Motiejunas with back issues, Ty Lawson with a bum ankle, and Sam Dekker recovering from back surgery. Houston desperately needs to find some continuity in its roster if the team is going to be able to deal with the issue of chemistry anytime soon.

Houston barely scraped by with a win against the Gobert-less Jazz earlier this week when Dwight Howard was on the floor. If the situation is switched for the game tonight, Rockets fans may have something to worry about.

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