Officially, Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is listed as questionable for Game 2 Thursday night in Oakland.

The big fella hurt his left knee in the Western Conference Finals series-opener, and practiced Thursday with a knee brace.

Howard scored seven points and pulled down thirteen boards in 26 minutes of Tuesday’s 110-106 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

Per CSN Bay Area and the Houston Chronicle:

An MRI revealed the sprain. Howard was dressed for practice on Wednesday at Oracle Arena, but indicated he wasn’t able to do a whole lot. […] “I think today it’s best that I stay off of it as much as possible,” Howard said. “Try to do a lot of ice, stim, and just get it treated for the rest of the day. See how it feels in the morning. If I feel like I can tolerate it and go out there and play through it, then I will.”

 

Howard attempted to do just that in Game 1, but was relegated to the bench for most of the fourth quarter. That was coach Kevin McHale’s decision, according to Howard. […] “It was very painful to play last night,” Howard said. “Coach felt it was best I sit out the rest of the game. I tried to play on it, but there was really nothing I could do last night.”

 

He was on the court at shootaround Thursday but was wearing a brace on his sprained left knee. […] “We’ll see tonight,” coach Kevin McHale said.