Dwight Howard leaves with ankle injury

VIDEO: Dwight Howard hurts ankle.

Dwight Howard of the Rockets left Wednesday’s game against the Pistons and was not expected to return after injuring his left ankle in the opening minute in Houston.

The initial diagnosis was a sprain.

Howard, third in the league in rebounding coming in at 12.4 per game, suffered the injury in a collision with teammate Ty Lawson, after Detroit’s Andre Drummond, fighting for position near the free throw line, moved Howard into Lawson’s path. Lawson went into the back of Howard’s lower left leg, causing the ankle to roll.

When Howard got off, he was able to walk off the court on his own, but went straight to the locker room.


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