It has been five weeks since Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard underwent a bone marrow aspirate injection procedure in his knee. Howard has been ramping up his workouts of late, and he said he’s feeling more explosive now than at any other point in the season, per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:
“I’m a little bit more explosive right now,” Howard said. “They’ve been working on my conditioning a lot, too. All season long I’ve been battling back from an injury. It was tough for me to stay in shape and also play at a high level.
“This time, I think they took the necessary steps to make sure I won’t re-injure my leg. They’ve been working on my full body — back, legs, whatever may cause any weaknesses in my body.”
Howard went on to say that he’s feeling as strong as ever, and he’s not feeling pain in rehab workouts. The injury was expected to keep Howard out six-to-eight weeks, a timeline that still stands.
The Rockets have flourished without Howard, thanks in large part to James Harden’s MVP surge. But Harden hasn’t been alone, and the signing of Josh Smith and return of Terrence Jones from injury has really helped Houston in the frontcourt.
Of course, the Rockets will surely need Howard if they want a chance at a championship. Even if he has declined, he’s still a dominant force down low, especially on the defensive end.