Howard will miss his third game in a row because of an injured right shoulder.
"I'm in no rush [to return]," Howard said Tuesday morning at the Lakers' shootaround in Manhattan. "Don't want to re-injure it. So, gotta make sure it heals up."
When asked if he was looking forward to seeing Brooklyn and Barclays Center, where he once wanted to play, Howard said, "I'm looking forward to our team coming out and having another good game. That's the biggest thing. We need another win. We're playing against a good team, and it's gonna be a challenge."