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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Howard hits new low

By Tim MacMahon

Other than being trade bait due to his expiring contract, Josh Howard has basically become irrelevant to the Dallas Mavericks.

The best thing the Mavs can say about Howard is that he is being professional about his drastically reduced playing time. Just how few minutes Howard has earned is stunning, considering his recent status as a franchise cornerstone.

Howard played a season-low 11 minutes in Monday's loss to the Utah Jazz. Eleven. He had two points, three rebounds, two turnovers and three fouls in that span.

The Mavericks call Howard their sixth man, but it's clear that the coaches have more trust in reserves Drew Gooden and JJ Barea at this point.