Predictably, Josh Howard will not be playing tonight. It’s all part of Rick Carlisle’s plan to ease Josh back into the flow early, and we should expect a similar arrangement for back-to-backs until told otherwise.
Nothing to be alarmed about whatsoever. As for the silver lining: Quinton Ross is expected to be back in the lineup tonight. He may not be the scorer that Howard is, but Q-Ross is a credible NBA defender that needs to find his place in the rotation. He doesn’t create shots, but Ross is a guy that demands floor time with his defensive abilities and tidy, Bowen-esque offensive game. Looking forward to seeing him back in uniform tonight.