Dallas Mavericks Move On Without Josh Howard

November 13th, 2009 by Damian Jackson Leave a reply »
Dallas Mavericks fans anticipated what the addition of Shawn Marion would look like in the starting lineup. More importantly, they wanted to see how Marion and Josh Howard played next to one another with Jason Kidd running the show.

Preseason basketball came and went without the two touching the court together. Five games into the regular season, Marion was in uniform and Howard in street clothes.

Finally, less than 24 hours from a home game against the Toronto Raptors, the news broke that Howard would make his much-awaited season debut from offseason ankle surgery.

The team looked revived, hustling and running on its way to a dominating victory over the Raptors, 129-101. Howard helped the Mavericks to another win against the visiting Houston Rockets. However, in just his third game back, Howard left the floor in San Antonio after 19 minutes due to an obvious limp. He did not return.

Howard has since been labeled as "out indefinitely," which has become common in Dallas. The Mavericks must move on without their arguably second-best scoring option. 

Where do they look to fill the role Howard's absence presents?


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