Kevin McHale: Dwight Howard 'won't be back anytime soon'

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Dwight Howard not expected back 'any time soon'
Sunday December 7th, 2014

Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale told the Houston Chronicle that center Dwight Howard "won't be back anytime soon."

Howard has not played since Nov. 17 due to a knee injury. On Nov. 20, the veteran underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy on his knee, which separates the plasma from a sample of the patient's blood before re-injecting it into the injured tissue.

McHale said Rockets forward Kostas Papanikolaou will not be back anytime soon, either. Papanikolaou has a Grade 1 knee sprain.

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Houston guard Isaiah Canaan is currently out with a sprained ankle, while forward Terrence Jones is out indefinitely with a nerve issue. 

Howard was averaging 18.8 points and 11.3 rebounds per game in 10 games before the injury. Houston has gone 7-2 in Howard's absence and is 16-4 on the season.

The Rockets play the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.

- Molly Geary

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