Dwight Howard 'hopes' to return to lineup Saturday vs. Denver

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i-1Dwight Howard hopes to return Saturday against the Denver Nuggets. 

Although Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale ruled center Dwight Howard out for Wednesday night’s matchup against the red-hot Golden State Warriors, Howard said he hopes to return to the lineup Saturday when the Rockets will take on the Denver Nuggets. Howard has missed the Rockets last nine games due to a knee injury.

McHale made Howard’s knee ailment sound very serious when he said last week that he wasn’t expecting his All-Star big man to return “anytime soon.” 

Howard last played against the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 17, and totaled 15 points and 9 rebounds in 28 minutes of work. He is averaging 18.8 points and 11.3 rebounds per game this season, but has only appeared in ten contests for the Rockets. Houston has gone 7-2 in Howard’s absence. 

@wcboyer24 

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