Hanrahan: Howard could be back vs. Heat

Hanrahan: Howard could be back vs. Heat
December 17, 2010, 7:58 pm
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Friday December 17, 2010 3:15 p.m.
By Frank HanrahanCSNwashington.com

Decimated by injuries so far this young NBA season, the Wizards will actually get one back from injury as forward Josh Howard could return as soon as Saturday night against the red hot Miami Heat at Verizon Center. Howard tore his ACL last March just four games after coming over to Washington in a trade from Dallas. The former all star forward has been rehabbing since then rigorously and finally gets to make his Wizards debut.

"I have been looking forward to coming back you know I enjoyed my four games playing here last season," Howard said. "Hopefully I can shake the rust off and get back to being the old Josh Howard."

For his career, the versatile 6'7 swingman has averaged 15 points a game and 6 rebounds a game and has the athletic ability to get out on the break and finish and is a very reliable mid range jump shooter. Howard has been on the bench though as a witness to the 6-18 Wizards start but he is optimistic he can help the team turn things around

"I have seen a lot of flashes you know we just got to get consistent I think that's the biggest thing to learn for these young guys," Howard said. That's something as a vet I can teach them. We just got to stay positive and hope for the best."

Howard expects to play about 20 minutes if he is cleared to go against Miami and welcomes the challenge of defending Lebron James. "He's an old friend of mine so I am looking forward to getting out there and facing him even if it's the first guy I see out there."

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