The team says he is day-to-day. Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has a mild left ankle strain and will not play Monday against the Utah Jazz. Howard, in his first season in Houston, is averaging 18.6 points and his 12.4 rebounds are fourth in the NBA. In Sunday's 113-104 loss to the Miami Heat, Howard had 21 points and 14 rebounds but only attempted one field goal in the fourth quarter. Omer Asik will start in his place Monday night as the Rockets try to end a three-game skid.