Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard is hurt again. According to the Wizards’ official Twitter account, the veteran big man is not going to return to Sunday night’s home game against the visiting Portland Trail Blazers after exiting the contest due to a gluteal soreness.
Howard started the game for the Wizards, but managed to stay on the court for only seven minutes, scoring just two points, grabbing three rebounds, and committing three turnovers before being declared done for the night.
It seemed that Howard already saw that he’s going to have a hard time playing even before tip-off, as he was visibly bothered by the lower-body injury, according to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post.
Dwight Howard has left the court with a #Wizards trainer. Even before the game, Howard was in so much pain, he had trouble sitting down and putting on his socks. Still an issue with the buttocks muscle
Howard has already missed a chunk of games this season due to a buttocks injury that also kept him out of the entirety of the preseason.
The Wizards signed Howard to a two-year $10.9 million last summer in hopes that the center will give Washington stability and an imposing presence in the frontcourt, something the franchise hasn’t had in a long while, but his health is preventing him from fulfilling his duties for the team.
Howard entered the Portland game averaging 14.1 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks per game.