Dwight Howard returned from offseason back surgery earlier than expected, but he still is not 100 percent healthy and in the type of shape he was before the injury.

"I'm not in terrific shape," Howard said. "It takes a while. You try and not play for six months, have back surgery and then come back playing. It's not easy. I'm still working through that."

Howard has said he still needs to get his timing and explosiveness back.