Description: NBA writer Brian Windhorst says Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (torn Achilles) could serve in an emergency situation in the NBA Finals.
Insight: No one is really expecting him to play in the series, but perhaps if Timofrey Mozgov and Tristan Thompson were both injured they might be forced to try something crazy. Hey, there is a week before the series begins and people have to talk about something.
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard will not be suspended for elbowing Andrew Bogut above the shoulders during Game 4 on Monday.
Insight: Howard was surprisingly not ejected and just given a Flagrant 1 Foul. We say surprisingly because it looked worse than what Al Horford was ejected for the previous night. The NBA said the contact Howard made with Bogut was unnecessary but not excessive. Good thing Howard will not be suspended because Houston will need him if they have any chance of winning Game 5 in Golden State to stay alive.
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard had 14 points and 14 rebounds in the, 115-80, embarrassing loss to the Warriors in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday.
Insight: Howard was the Rockets best player, but that isn't saying much. It really was a poor effort from Houston as the score reflects. Howard was 6-for-10 from the field with a block, but he was also 2-for-8 at the line. Golden State leads the series, 3-0.
Description: Hawks center Al Horford is dealing with a knee/quad injury, but he's likely to be ready for Game 3 in Cleveland.
Insight: Horford totaled 12 points and six rebounds in 30 minutes of action. The Hawks desperately need Horford, Kyle Korver and Demarre Carroll who are all banged up as they head to Cleveland down 0-2.
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard is listed as questionable for Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals versus the Warriors on Thursday according to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Howard is going to get a MRI on Wednesday, so owners should know more once the results from the test come back. Howard hurt his knee from Josh Smith rolling into his legs during the first half of Game 1. Howard returned to the game after the injury, but he didn't play in the fourth quarter. He finished with seven points and 13 rebounds in 26 minutes.
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard left Tuesday's Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals with a bruised right knee.
Insight: Josh Smith fell and rolled into Howard's knee during the first half. Howard did come back into the game, but he is now on the bench with a wrap around the knee. He is questionable to return in the fourth quarter.