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Dwight Howard Hopeful to Play in Game 2 vs. Warriors

The Houston Rockets were dealt a tough blow when Dwight Howard suffered a knee bruise in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday. Howard tried to play through the injury but sat out down the stretch of the Rockets’ 110-106 loss to the Golden State Warriors. However, the big man hopes to be ready for Game 2 on Thursday:

The injury occurred when teammate Josh Smith fell into Howard’s knee in the first quarter. Howard helped Houston get off to a strong start in the paint, but the injury rendered him mostly ineffective the rest of the way.¬†With Howard either out or ailing, the Warriors had a ton of success with their small ball lineup featuring Draymond Green at the 5.

The Rockets provided an injury update on Wednesday:

Needless to say, Houston needs Howard to be at or close to peak effectiveness to pull off the upset in this series. He can be used to punish those smaller units, and if he can’t do that, Golden State will surely take advantage.

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