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 DALLAS (AP) -Dallas Mavericks forward Josh Howard has a bruised lower back and is questionable for Wednesday's game against Portland.
Howard, who is averaging a career-best 20.3 points a game, was hurt early in the fourth quarter of Monday night's 84-76 loss at Philadelphia. He hit the floor hard after getting bumped by a 76ers player on a rebound.
An MRI on Tuesday confirmed Howard only has a bruise.
If Howard isn't available Wednesday, the Mavericks could be without three starters and a key reserve.
Devin Harris has missed eight straight games because of a bruised left ankle, and isn't expected back until after the All-Star break this weekend. Starting center Erick Dampier (right ankle) and Jerry Stackhouse (right hamstring) also missed the Philadelphia game.
Dampier, who hurt his ankle last Wednesday, and Stackhouse are considered day-to-day.
since returning from a seven-game absence to play 12 minutes Friday night.

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