News: Howard continues to deal with a right shoulder strain but he is listed as probable for Monday's game against Portland, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Howard has been dealing with a strained shoulder through the weekend despite the fact that he played through the pain Saturday against the Hawks. The Rockets will likely monitor his shoulder during Monday's morning shootaround to make sure that the center is still on track to face Portland.
News: Harden (hamstring) is listed as probable for Monday's game against Portland, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Harden momentarily left Friday's contest against the Hawks with a strained left hamstring but ultimately returned to the court to complete the game. It sounds like the Houston medical staff has been monitoring his hamstring issue over the weekend and will likely continue to check it out through Monday's morning shootaround, although early indications are that he'll be available.
News: Howard scored 19 points (7-10 FG, 5-6 FT) with 11 rebounds, five assists, and two steals during Saturday's loss to the Hawks.
Impact: Howard has double-doubled in four straight games since returning from a knee injury on December 13th. The recent shoulder soreness hasn't seemed to affect his production on the court, where he's played over 40 minutes in two of the past three games and blocked eight shots in that span. If he can stay on the court, Howard is good bet to match his production from last season.