Posts Tagged ‘Dwight Howard’

 On April 12th, Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar Kobe Bryant went down with what he said was a torn Achilles tendon, it was announced Bryant would be out for the rest of the season. Many Lakers’ fans held their head down, because they thought at the moment what else can go wrong this season. Other Laker fans were thinking this is the end of our disappointing season. But, it turns out it really wasn’t the Lakers won two crucial games versus the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets to clinch the 7th seed in the Western Conference.

The Lakers will be playing the Spurs in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs. Some people are saying the Lake Show doesn’t stand a chance, but i believe the Lakers have a better chance to make a deep run without Bryant than with him. Yes, i did in fact say that. The Lakers have a better chance to make a deep run without Bryant than with him.

The key to a deep Lakers’ run is Dwight Howard. The man they traded for in the off-season. For the last few years I have always wondered with the Lakers why aren’t they running through their two seven footers. They have a mis-match on nearly every opponent and they shouldn’t be running from the outide-in the Lakers should be running from the inside-out. And when you have a guy like Bryant, that maybe a problem because he wants his share of touches too. 

 At the start of the season I expected them to run through Pau Gasol and Howard, but they weren’t. I understand that Howard was still trying to recover from his shoulder injury, but when you have a mis-match nearly every night it should be obvious on what you should be doing.

Now that Bryant is out for the rest of the season, we maybe able to see what we should have seen all season. Constantly feeding Howard and Gasol every time you come down the court. One big negative on doing that is you have to worry about Howard getting fouled and when he gets fouled a lot he starts getting angry. Howard expects Gregg  Popovich to use the ‘Hack-a-Howard‘, but it seems like Dwight has a positive attitude going into the serious and won’t get frustrated. Which should make Dwight happy.

Dwight says: “If they want to do that the whole series, God bless them,” Howard said when asked about the Spurs using a “Hack-a-Howard” strategy on Friday. “There’s nothing I can do about it but go up there and shoot the free throws. Even if I make them, they’re still going to do it. So, that’s not my concern. My concern is what I can control on the defensive end and then on the offensive end, just dominate. If they foul me, they foul me. We’re going to make them pay.”

Only Superman Can Lead Lakers To Glory

Posted: April 19, 2013 by Mario Pages in NBA
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Somehow the Lakers managed to make the playoffs despite such a disappointing season and even more surprising they made it as a 7th seed. Just a few months ago, LA seemed  on track to have one of the most disappointing seasons of all time, after bringing in two future hall of famers in Nash and Howard during the offseason. But the Kobe led team fought until the last day of the season. I say Kobe led because his scoring and play played a huge role for keeping this team alive in the playoff race.The main issue with Lakers’ this season has been chemistry, they have the talent they just need to use all that they have learned this tumultuous season and use it on the court during the playoffs.

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     Despite the Black Mamba tearing his ACL a few weeks ago, the Lakers managed  to pull together enough strong outings without Kobe to make the playoffs. While the Lakers’ had a very disappointing season, they can still prove themselves where everything matters most. You might ask how they can even get far without their franchise star Kobe Bryant who has carried this team since his early years well the answer relies on Dwight Howard. All the drama in LA has really had many people distracted from the fact that Lakers still have the best center in the league hands down. Yes his numbers went down this season, but that’s to be expected coming to a team with so much more talent, especially to a team with Kobe Bryant. He’s still an elite defender and at the prime of his career. His play ultimately will decide the Lakers’ fate come the playoffs and could prove just how great of a player Howard is.

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     With a new contract on the horizon and rumors that Dwight would like to stay in LA, proving himself worthy of a max contract this postseason will earn this seven-time NBA All Star a lot more dough come the offseason. Howard certainly has an advantage being in the Western Conference now, as not many big men can contain him and this could help LA in the playoffs. His first challenge, the still very dominating future hall of famer Tim Duncan, will provide a tough challenge, however, an injury ridden San Antonio can be beaten if the Lakers are on their top game.  Howard has already made the NBA Finals with a lot lesser talent on his team, so as long as he does his part and dominate during the playoffs, don’t be surprised how far LA goes. The spotlight shines on Superman and many wonder if he can carry this team to glory or to a gloomy ending of uncertainty.

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