Howard expected to return in two weeks

Updated: October 31, 2009, 10:40 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle does not approve of this column.

Carlisle doesn't want to discuss how much the Mavericks miss swingman Josh Howard, who is expected to miss the first two weeks of the regular season while rehabbing from ankle surgery. He's worried about finding ways to win without Howard, not whining about how much the Mavericks miss him.

"He's a terrific player. He's one of our top players," Carlisle said a couple of days before the Mavs began ...

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