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Dwight Howard Out Against Sacramento Kings

Despite earlier reports, Dwight Howard and DeMarcus Cousins will both miss tonight's Houston Rockets-Sacramento Kings game.

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Dwight Howard will not be suiting up tonight despite earlier reports he may play in back-to-back games against the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Clippers.

The news is a potential blow to a Rockets team which has been bullied down low in their losses while dealing with nagging injuries to Howard and the injuries to Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones.

Howard posted 23 points and 14 rebounds without missing a field goal against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, a promising sign the Rockets big man had found his groove.

The 1-4 Kings have their own problems down low as sometimes franchise player DeMarcus Cousins will miss tonight's contest with an Achilles strain. This will leave Willie Cauley-Stein and Kosta Koufos to contend with Clint Capela, Montrezl Harrell and Chuck Hayes at the center position.

Patrick Beverley will miss tonight's contest with a concussion as well.

Expect the Rockets to go small and for James Harden to heave the round-ball at the web-net many times... or something like that.