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Dwight Howard's status for Sunday's game uncertain

Dwight Howard is still dealing with back issues and could miss Sunday's game. Scott Halleran/Getty Images

HOUSTON -- Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is still dealing with tightness in his back and is uncertain for Sunday's game against the Indiana Pacers at the Toyota Center.

Howard missed Saturday's practice as the team's medical staff continues to work on his sore lower back. The back issue kept Howard out of Thursday's victory over Utah.

"Anybody can have that issue, especially with your back," Howard said. "I think people who have had issues with their back can understand, one day you can be feeling fine and workout and the next day it might flair up or whatever.

"I was just frustrated that it happened because I felt like it was just some really good days in practice, some really good games, so I got frustrated it happened when it had to happen. Everything happens for a reason. I'm always going to believe that."

Howard has dealt with back issues since training camp, where he played in just one preseason game, and into the early stages of the regular season when the team was bringing him along slowly so he could get into game shape.

Howard played in 16 consecutive games before missing Thursday's contest against the Jazz. On the season, Howard is averaging just 13.9 points per game, his lowest average since his rookie season in 2004-05. However, in the last five games Howard is averaging 19.2 points and 12.6 rebounds per game.

"It's hard when it’s going well because it’s about the rhythm and timing, and that’s (what it's all about) for a guy like Dwight," interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. "It's about rhythm, his timing; he likes that order of when he’s playing and when he gets his touches, and whenever you break that up it can be frustrating."

If Howard is unable to play, Clint Capela will start at center and Terrence Jones will move to power forward.