J-Ho to Have Surgery on Aching Ankle

Mavs forward will have surgery next week in New York

Mavericks forward Josh Howard will be in New York next week for arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle.

Howard missed 22 games this season because of the ankle. He returned in late March and played through pain, but was a big part of Dallas' run to the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference and first-round playoff win against San Antonio.

Howard said Thursday that doctors are "just going in there to clean out all the junk."

He said the surgery will be performed by a doctor recommended by his agent, but that the Mavericks' team doctor agreed with the decision to have surgery.

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