Howard has played only three games

Updated: December 8, 2009, 5:26 PM ET
By Marc Stein and Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks are about to get an unexpected booster shot for an offense that couldn't generate 80 points in Saturday's home loss to Atlanta.

Mavericks swingman Josh Howard -- who has played only three games this season and sat out the past 13 in a bumpy recovery from offseason ankle surgery -- will make his return to the lineup Tuesday night against the Phoenix Suns, coach Rick Carlisle confirmed to ESPNDallas.com.

It was not immediately known whether Howard ...

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