Friday October 9th, 2015

Houston Rockets’ Dwight Howard played through a torn MCL and meniscus in the Western Conference Finals series against the Golden State Warriors, the center told Texans Radio on Thursday.

Howard was out for half of the 2014–15 season due to several injuries, missing two months from January to March following knee surgery.

Howard continued to experience knee issues after the procedure. He was diagnosed with a knee sprain after Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, but said the injury was more serious than what was reported. According to Howard, he had torn ligaments and cartilage in his knee.

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The Rockets lost the series 4–1 against the Warriors. Golden State went on to win the NBA Finals in six games over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Howard was attending the Houston Texans–Indianapolis Colts Thursday Night Football game at NRG Stadium. He gave a pregame speech and ran out of the tunnel.

Photos: Howard ranked No. 19 in SI’s Top 100 NBA Players of 2016

- Xandria James


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