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Posted at 6:28 PM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Josh Howard to miss tonight's game vs. Nets

By Gene Wang

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."

By Gene Wang  | January 7, 2011; 6:28 PM ET
Categories:  Josh Howard  
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Ted, fire that clown you have masquerading as a GM. No other GM would be stupid-enough to sign an injured player, hoping they might play later in the season.

Posted by: FireGrunfeld | January 7, 2011 7:08 PM | Report abuse

"Ted, fire that clown you have masquerading as a GM. No other GM would be stupid-enough to sign an injured player, hoping they might play later in the season.Posted by: FireGrunfeld"

They didn't get much in return from Dallas in that trade, that's true. A classic player/ salary dump. Last season was a loss anyway.

Caron Butler has played well this season for the Mavs but he's out for the playoffs. Them's the breaks. Stevenson has contributed, so you'd have to say Dallas got the best of the deal, until you consider Haywood...

Still, when Howard came back it clearly helped the team. He brings a level of maturity and consistency that the team really needs. His contract doesn't particularly hurt the Wiz.

So overall, even if he misses a while, we've gotten at least a little in return.

As far as signing injured players -- well, Tracy McGrady is an example. He's playing well now but you can probably hear the fans hold their breath at games.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 7, 2011 7:27 PM | Report abuse

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