Dwight Howard is back, and Kostas Papanikolaou and Isaiah Canaan are both close to returning. All great news for an 18-5 Houston Rockets team that also has the Western Conference Player of the Week, James Harden. (Harden was unavailable for comment after the announcement naming him the Player of the Week.)

Admittedly, Howard was sore after scoring 26 points and pulling down 13 rebounds, but there is no doubt he will be in the line up Wednesday in Denver. “I just think my body just has to get used to playing and then recovering. When you don’t play for a while, the recovery process after the game slows down…Once my body gets used to the, you know, the wear and tear of playing, the getting up and down the floor, I think I’ll be fine.”

The Rockets now have a legitimate two big game with the return of Howard and the emergence of Donatas Motiejunas. “Very few teams have two really quality low post defenders, so we should be able to find ways. Now those two are going to have to work together, ah, when they front and they do other things to take that away. They both gotta be able to go high-low. both gotta be able to work well together for that to work really well,” Kevin McHale told the media Monday.

Player after player echoed the coach’s sentiments and Dwight Howard going so far saying, “I think we are going to skyrocket. The chemistry is there…I think we are going to be really tough to beat.”

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