Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has been diagnosed with a left knee sprain and is questionable for Thursday's Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors, the team announced.
Howard had an MRI after he left Game 1 on Tuesday night with a bruised left knee. Howard initially left the game in the first quarter after falling on a rebound attempt. He returned late in the quarter but left once again in the fourth and did not return.
"It's very painful," Howard said after the game. "I tried to play it off as much as possible, but I couldn't give my teammates what I needed to give them."
Howard dealt with right knee discomfort for most of the regular season, missing more than two months because of the injury.
James Harden led the Rockets with 28 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists. Howard had seven points and 13 rebounds in 26 minutes.
The 29-year-old Howard is averaging 16.4 points and 13.8 rebounds this postseason for Houston.
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