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REPORT: Dwight Howard Out a Month With Knee Injury

Rockets big man Dwight Howard has been dealing with injuries all season, it’s been a tough season for D12 to say the least. Howard has missed 16 games so far this season, and last week his streak of eight straight All-Star selections was snapped.

ESPN is reporting that the Rockets defensive anchor will be out at least a month with a nagging right knee knee injury.

The Houston Rockets are bracing for the loss of Dwight Howard for at least a month due to persistent trouble with his right knee, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Rockets, while confident that Howard ‎has enough time to bounce back for the regular-season stretch run and playoffs, fear their defensive anchor will be lost for a period of “weeks” as opposed to days.

Howard is still in the process of getting additional consultation from various doctors to determine the best treatment course for the knee.

Yet sources told ESPN.com that the Rockets already acknowledge that a period of rest “likely measured in weeks” will be the minimum requirement before their defensive anchor is ready to the return to the lineup. But sources say Houston nonetheless remains confident that Howard will be able to come back “in plenty of time” to ramp up for the postseason, even if the absence stretches into the six-weeks range.

Luckily for the Rockets, James Harden is having an MVP season and has the Rockets 2.5 games within second place in the West. However, The Beard can only do so much. The Rockets will need Howard to be healthy come playoff time if they want to have a shot at winning an NBA Championship.

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