Josh Howard was on the floor with his teammates Tuesday morning during the Mavs' shootaround, but it seems unlikely that he will play. Howard saw a doctor Monday to check out his ailing left wrist, which might be a sprain, might not, but is painful. When asked Howard's status this morning, Carlisle said he might play tonight or it might take a week, meaning he really isn't sure. Howard's pain threshold and his ability to catch the basketball will be the determining factor.
The Mavs will miss him dearly tonight against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. Hey, Gerald Green, ready to defend Kobe for 30 minutes?
-- Jeff Caplan