By Garret Heinrich

Oakland, CA (CBS Houston) – Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is going to have an MRI Wednesday on his left knee, according to reports by Sports Illustrated.

Howard left Game 1 of the Houston Rockets 110-106 loss to the Golden State Warriors Tuesday night.

After the game, Howard told the media the knee was not a big issue.

“Thank God it’s nothing major,” Howard said. “Bruises, especially around your knee…it’s very hard to do a lot of the things I want to do.”

Howard tried to play on the knee but was limited and it was determined he would not help being on the court in that condition.

“It was disappointing,” Howard said after the game. “It’s frustrating, but it is a long series.”

After Game 1 Howard was optimistic about his return to the series.

“Hopefully I can play,” the center said. “Like I said, I’ll get some rest and come back.

“It’s a long series and I’m not going to stop fighting. It’s hurting tonight, but hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow.”

UPDATE: The Houston Rockets have confirmed there will be an MRI on Dwight Howard’s knee on Wednesday.