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Jazz F Howard returns to starting lineup for playoff opener

Associated Press

4/29/2012 12:49:13 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Jazz forward Josh Howard is back in the starting lineup for Game 1 of Utah's playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs.

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said before Sunday's playoff opener that Howard's post-season experience on his young team factored into the decision. He is averaging 8.7 points and 3.7 points in his first season with Utah.

Howard had left knee surgery in March and returned Tuesday against Phoenix.

DeMarre Carroll moves from the starting lineup to a reserve role.

Utah has little post-season experience, and Howard made six playoff runs with Dallas.