Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has taken a lot of flak over the years, whether it’s because of his personality or for not “dominating” games enough. Some of the criticism has gone a bit too far, and one thing you definitely can’t rip him for is his toughness.
If anything, perhaps you can criticize Howard for being too tough, as he revealed Thursday that he played injured through last year’s Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors. Like, pretty darn injured:
Dwight Howard just told us on Texans Radio that he played through a torn MCL and meniscus during the WCF vs the Warriors
— Mike Meltser (@MikeMeltser) October 8, 2015
Howard put up respectable numbers against the Warriors, averaging 14.4 points, 14.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks while shooting 54.9 percent in 35 minutes per game. That was a dip in production from the first two rounds, and this revelation could certainly help explain part of that.
The question now is if Howard is fully healed. There were never any announcements about any surgery in the offseason, and it seems like this is something that should’ve been addressed right after the Rockets were eliminated. The 29-year-old dealt with numerous injury problems last year, and you’d think he’d want to be as healthy as possible going into a potential contract year.