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Report: Dwight Howard could miss “extended time” with knee injury

Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

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This is potentially awful news for the Houston Rockets: Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the three-time Defensive Player of the Year could miss significant time due to a knee injury.

Sources: Dwight Howard will get second opinion on his knee, could miss extended time. Likely eliminates Howard as All-Star sub for Kobe.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 30, 2015

The All-Star implications are irrelevant. Losing Howard for any length of time is a huge loss for Houston. The Rockets are currently in a three-way tie with the Clippers and Blazers for the third-best record in the Western Conference, and they can’t afford to lose any ground in the battle for seeding. It’s unclear what the extent of Howard’s injury is, but his absence is not good news.