Dwight Howard set to make his Rocket return Wednesday in New Orleans


The hints were there that he was close and Kevin McHale alluded to it in post-game on Monday, but it’s now happening…

Dwight Howard will make his return to the court for the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in New Orleans as the Rockets take on Anthony Davis and the Pelicans.

“We plan to play him unless what we did today bothers him,” McHale told the Houston Chronicle’s Jenny Dial Creech after practice on Tuesday.

Howard, who has missed 39 games this year, including the last 26 with this knee issue, will have 12 games left to hopefully find his groove before the playoffs begin. The Rockets have an immediate need in the middle as well as Terrence Jones is out and recovering from a partially collapsed lung while Josh Smith is nursing a rolled ankle.

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