"Not when you're at home, especially with the crowd we have," he said. "We have to get all seven games. I know we got some good teams in here. But we're at home - and I know we haven't been playing that great at home. But things are going the right direction now."
Howard is hopeful he'll be able to play tonight.
"I'm right there," he said. "Tap it in, or it sits there. I'd love to come back [today]. We'll just see how it reacts.
"It's just like coming off a sprain. It's still going to hurt. I just pray to God that it doesn't swell up [overnight] and we'll see how it goes."
Carlisle on Kidd and Barea sharing the court.
"With J.J. and Kidd together, J.J. becomes the two [shooting] guard and Kidd becomes the point, and Kidd's big enough to guard the other team's two, so it works out," Carlisle said. "I'm not going to hesitate to go back to that."