The Rockets’ hopes that Dwight Howard would be available to play both games of their road trip back-to-back ended before Friday’s morning shootaround began.

Howard was ruled out for Friday’s game at the Sacramento Kings while the Rockets continue to manage his workload in back-to-back games. He is expected to play Saturday against the Clippers in Los Angeles.

Forward Terrence Jones, out since playing the season’s first two games because of a cut eyelid, and Pat Beverley, who suffered a concussion on Wednesday, did not make the trip. Forward Donatas Motiejunas has not yet been cleared to practice since last season’s back surgery.

Though starting lineups have not been announced, second-year Center Clint Capela will likely start with Trevor Ariza playing at power forward, as he has for the past three games.

The Rockets have had the same lineup in consecutive games only once, against Oklahoma City and Orlando, both wins.