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Terrence Jones active for tonight against Kings; Howard questionable

Terrence Jones returns tonight from partially collapsed lung. Dwight Howard to play in only one game of back-to-back.

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Rockets announced Terrence Jones will be active for tonight's game against the Kings. Dwight Howard is questionable with a back-to-back with the Mavericks looming.

Last night was Jones was upgraded to questionable for the game against the Kings, now after shoot around he will be on the active roster. Jones is recovery from partially collapsed lung he suffered on March 19 against the Nuggets. The injury was serious enough that Jones spent the night in the hospital for observation.

At some point the "T" in T-Jones is going stop referring to Terrence and start meaning T-1000. Jones has bounced back from nerve issues earlier this year that caused him to loose feeling in his legs and now he has to deal with pneumothorax. The Rockets forward has been a force since the All-Star break averaged 14.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.7 blocks in 30.7 minutes per game.

Dwight Howard missed 26 games with a knee injury, and the Rockets are looking to keep him fresh for the playoffs. Howard will only play one game of the Rockets' back-to-back with the Kings and Mavericks. It's not clear yet, which game he will sit out. The Kings are without Rudy Gay and maybe without DeMarcus Cousins, who could sit out the remainder of the season with calf, foot and thighs injures. If Gay and Cousins are both out, that could severely sway the decision to play Howard. The Rocket should be able to steal a game from the Kings without Howard if Sacramento's only options at center are Reggie Evans and Ryan Hollins.