Josh Howard: Utah Jazz SF Expected to Miss Rest of the Season

March 20th, 2012 by Stephen Cho Leave a reply »
After receiving the news of Jermaine O'Neal's season-ending injury just one day ago, an identical situation has presented itself with Josh Howard.

The 32-year-old forward, who started 18-of-41 games this season, has made a solid contribution to the team, averaging nine points along with four rebounds. 

Earlier today, the Jazz released a statement in which they explained that Howard had a chip in cartilage in his knee. After a MRI, it was found that the knee would require surgery. In a shortened season with only 21 games remaining (for the Jazz), Howard is expected to miss the remaining portion of the season treating his injured left knee. 

The Jazz, who have been doing surprisingly well (23-22) this year, will not miss too much in the absence of veteran Josh Howard. Although Howard did work his way into the starting five and has been playing exceptionally well ever since All-Star break, sophomore Gordon Hayward will serve as a commendable replacement during his time out. 

Hayward (10 PPG, 3 RPG, 3 APG), who in my opinion actually has the upper hand on Howard, will most likely perform better than Howard, altho ...

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