Howard produced four points (1-1 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, three blocks and two assists across 21 minutes during a 118-95 loss to the Pistons on Wednesday.
Howard didn't do hardly anything at all against Detroit in his return to the court following a one-game absence for rest. The four points were his lowest total since Dec. 2 when he managed just two points in another loss to the Pistons. Howard did at least swat three shots, his highest total since. Nov. 22 against the Pelicans. We'll see if he bounces back on Friday against the Bulls.
Howard was a late scratch from Monday's contest, as the
He's now got five double-doubles in his last six games, and it's perhaps not a coincidence that the only game the
Howard scored 11 points (4-4 FG, 3-3 FT) and earned eight rebounds, a steal and a block in 24 minutes during a 103-101 loss to Boston on Friday.
Howard only played 24 minutes against the Celtics, with coach Mike Budenholzer choosing to go small for much of the game with Millsap as the only big on the floor. Still, while he was out there, he was as efficient as can be despite the low volume. He didn't miss a single shot from either the floor or the free-throw line. Howard is now shooting a career-best 63.7 percent from the field as he gets more and more judicious about his shot selection late into his career.
Howard scored 14 points (6-9 FG, 2-8 FT) while adding 16 rebounds and a block in 28 minutes during Tuesday's 117-97 win over the Nets.
He had a terrible night from the free throw line, even by Howard's low standards, but he also produced his fourth consecutive double-double and 25th of the season in 33 games. The 31-year-old is now averaging 13.4 boards per game, his best performance on the glass since his final season with the Magic in 2011-12.