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NBA: Utah Jazz forward Josh Howard nears return to lineup
NBA » Howard’s return will intensify fight for playing time.


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Beyond playing time, Howard’s return will benefit the Jazz because, starting with Toronto, they play nine games in the next 14 nights.

"Freshness is the key when you hit a stretch like that," Bell said. "So having that many guys in the rotation — not a bad thing."

At a glance

Jazz facing tricky minute mathematics

How the Jazz’s wing players have produced in the past four games, which Josh Howard missed with a quad strain:

Player Min. FGs FTs Rebs. Asts. Pts. Ave.

Raja Bell 114 13-27 3-3 7 4 33 8.3

Alec Burks 72 12-30 10-12 11 1 37 9.3

Gordon Hayward 108 12-31 10-14 14 10 35 8.8

C.J. Miles 87 18-42 18-22 10 7 58 14.5

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Said Howard: "There will be minutes for everybody."

luhm@sltrib.com




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