Rockets injury update: Howard and Beverley

Rockets injury update: Howard and Beverley
March 28, 2014, 12:15 am
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Mar 27, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) attempts to steal the ball from Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) during the first quarter at Toyota Center.

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Five games ago, Dwight Howard was the only Rockets player to appear in every game. Then he was forced to miss three games after having fluid drained from a cyst on his left ankle. He has posted a pair of double-doubles in the two games since his return, but he mentioned after the game the ankle did give him a little trouble.

"My ankle was bothering me tonight, I came out a little early in the third quarter because of it," Howard said after the game. "We'll see how it feels tomorrow. I don't want to sit out, but the most important thing is that I'm ready for the playoffs."

Howard played just over 26 minutes and scored 17 points and had 13 rebounds. He also added three blocked shots. 

Starting point guard Pat Beverley was also injured in the game and his availability for Saturday's game against the Clippers is uncertain. With just 28 seconds gone in the second quarter, Houston was forced to call timeout because Beverley was hurt. He walking gingerly to the Rockets bench momentarily before heading to the team's locker room before play resumed. He did not return to the game. Houston called it a right knee sprain and Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said he would get an MRI on it Friday. 

"It kind of one of those ones where he tweaked it and didn't quite know exactly what happened," McHale said. "Don't know (if it's serious), he'll have an MRI tomorrow." 

Beverley has already missed 18 games with a variety of injuries, missing three games with a partially torn muscle in his mid-section, missing 14 games after he fractured his right hand and then one additional game with an abdominal strain.

Jeremy Lin started the second half and finished with 13 points and seven assists. Lin has started all 18 games that Beverley has missed with the Rockets going 12-6 in those contests. The third game Lin started this season in place of Beverley was the Rockets' first meeting of the season with the Clippers. Lin had 14 points and eight assists in the Rockets' 137-118 loss.