Josh Howard was bouncing around shootaround this morning with tons of energy, which the Mavericks will welcome back with open arms - and hopefully open jump shots - tonight against Minnesota.
The first thing Jason Kidd will try to do is get Howard, who has been out 10 games with a left ankle injury, rolling early in the game.
"Just try to get him an easy shot, a wide-open shot the first go-round,'' Kidd said of the game plan for the early moments of tonight's game. "We'd like to get him an easy one going to the basket. Should that not happen, maybe just make sure it's not a stressful shot.''
Kidd added that the return of Howard could be the catalyst for gaining some positive vibes in the final nine games of the season heading into the playoffs.
"If he's healthy going into the playoffs, it's big,'' Kidd said. "But also if he brings some scoring and defense, he kind of balances us out. And we get more of our bench back. We were trying to get Jet (Terry) some minutes under his belt with him coming back and now with Josh coming back Jet can get back to his role off the bench.''