"We'll monitor him, obviously, with him taking the time off," interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Wednesday morning. "We won't let him out there for long stints. As long as he's able to play and be productive we'll leave him out there."
Howard is averaging 14.4 points and 12.1 rebounds per game.
While Howard returns for the ESPN game, Spurs center Tim Duncan will miss his second consecutive game with right knee soreness.