From a problem with a tight back, the Rockets center will be back in full swing.
Dwight Howard is raring to return to the Rockets’ fold 100% as he is set to play in his first back-to-back games this season — against the New York Knicks on Sunday and the Detroit Pistons on Monday.
Though he was not totally sidelined due to the tightening of his back, he was only seeing action on limited minutes. The reason is that, the management does not want to hinder him from fully recovering from his injury. His game conditioning also got most of the attention as he is a vital piece for the Rockets and he playing at a sub-par level due to his back issues will not help Houston’s cause.
“They want to make sure I don’t kill myself in both games,” He said.
Howard’s averages are 13.8 points and 13.6 rebounds per game in nine outings so far.
“May 20-25 minutes in each game will do until the thrilling part of the season. Right now, the main thing is to make sure I stay in shape, stay strong and healthy, and trust my body.”
Houston play in a NBA-high 20 back-to-back games already have had four so far.
Howard added that he’s ready to try it out again on their back-to-back games. Management did not want him to start off the season with back-to-back games because it will put a big load on Dwight’s back.
“The main thing now is my body is feeling pretty good, and I have not had setbacks all season. All I’m looking forward to right now is that I will be able to play comfortably even if it won’t be heavy minutes like I’m used to in a normal game.”
Houston had a pretty slow start this season as they currently hold a 5-9 slate going into their game against the Memphis Grizzlies.