Ankle sidelines Mavs' Howard 2 weeks

November 8th, 2006  
Team Infidel

Topic: Ankle sidelines Mavs' Howard 2 weeks

Associated Press

DALLAS - The struggling Dallas Mavericks will be without Josh Howard for two weeks because of a sprained left ankle.
Howard was hurt Monday night in the second quarter of a 107-104 loss to Golden State that dropped the reigning Western Conference champs to 0-3 for the first time since 1993-94. Howard stayed in Dallas on Tuesday while teammates left for a three-game, six-day road trip.
An MRI taken Tuesday showed a second-degree sprain.
The two-week time frame means he'll miss at least six games. He could return Nov. 20 at Charlotte or at home the next night against Washington. The native of Winston-Salem, N.C., likely will aim for the game in his home state.
Howard was Dallas' second-leading scorer last season and among the team's best defenders, capable of covering point guards to power forwards. Greg Buckner will probably replace him in the starting lineup.

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