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Rockets’ Howard out 10 days; Clippers’ Granger out 3 games; both to miss Clippers vs. Rockets

Mar 29, 2014, 1:37 PM EDT

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At this time of year playoff teams are cautious with injuries — as much as you might need a player for key games now, you need him more for playoff games.

Which accounts for these two bigs of news:

Dwight Howard will be out for the Rockets for at least 10 days to rest a sore ankle.

Danny Granger of the Los Angeles Clippers will miss the next three games due to a hamstring injury.

That means both will be out Saturday night when Houston and Los Angeles have a big showdown game — the four seed Rockets are one game back of the three seed Clippers (it’s 3.5 games back to five seed Portland).

Earlier this month Howard had a cyst removed from his ankle and missed three games, apparently that did not solve all his problems with that joint. Howard’s ankle was bothering him enough that on Saturday he went to see a doctor, the recommendation was more rest, so Howard is out for Saturday, reports Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

Then the Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler added this:

Omer Asik will start at center for the Rockets. However, not having Patrick Beverley (torn meniscus) or Howard hurts the Rockets depth and more importantly defense against an offensive juggernaut.

Part of that Clippers offense in recent games has been Danny Granger leading the way for the second unit. As he has gotten healthy and gotten his legs under him he has started to show how he could lead the Clippers bench — with Glen Davis — in the postseason. But he needs to be healthy and he is not, so he is getting rest, reports Madelyn Burke, host of Clippers TV.

If the Clippers can win on Saturday night, something more likely now, they will pretty much lock themselves into the three seed and the Rockets into the four spot.

  1. larrybrown43 - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Injuries of convenience. Another example of how the NBA regular season is pointless. The bad teams tank and the good coast through the schedule getting ready for the ungodly long second season.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      HOU is in no position to coast. Your comment is invalid. FAIL.

  2. brookwell2013 - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    larry, D12 (love him or hate him) has had problems with his ankle since pre-season. The cyst they removed was just a symptom of problems in the joint. The dude is down and its legit. Some blogs are saying the Rockets are fearing much more than 10 days and perhaps even the first round is out for D12.

  3. zickhead - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    I bet Omer Asik is secretly excited.

  4. scbaby2013 - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Hope this crybaby never wins a ring. Let’s go clippers!!!

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