Josh Howard to miss tonight's game vs. Nets
Swingman Josh Howard will not play tonight against the New Jersey Nets because of a sore left knee and will be reevaluated on Monday, Wizards Coach Flip Saunders said, adding there is no clear timetable for when he will be back. Howard played 12 minutes in Wednesday's 109-97 loss at Philadelphia before leaving the game because discomfort in his left knee.
"Don't know yet. We might sit him out for a little bit here," Saunders said. "He's got some soreness in that area, so we don't want to take any chances with it."
Howard has played in eight games this season, averaging 7.9 points 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals. The Wizards acquired Howard in a trade-deadline deal last season, but the former all-star tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee after just four games with Washington.
Howard had been rehabbing the injury since having surgery, and he played his first game with the Wizards this season on Dec. 18, scoring 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting in a 95-94 loss to the Miami Heat at Verizon Center.
Howard said in the locker room following the Wizards' loss on Wednesday that his knee was feeling a bit sore and that he had hoped he would be able to play tonight. The news comes just days after the Wizards practiced with their entire roster for the first time this season.
"We just have to adjust," Saunders said. "That's part of what it's about. Main thing is you worry about the guys you have. My main thing right now is that we've got some young players and they get good opportunity to get quality time and they to where they can lead us to some victories and gain some confidence in knowing they have the ability to do that and not counting on just veteran players to do that."
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