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Feb 01

Video Analysis: A dominant Dwight Howard in Chicago

The Orlando Magic have been going through a rough patch lately, making it harder for the mainstream media and blogosphere to consider them an elite team and a championship contender right now. That being said, if there’s been a bright spot amidst the darkness for the Magic, it’s been Dwight Howard.

Mental gaffes against the Memphis Grizzlies aside, Howard has been playing like a man possessed lately. Howard toyed around the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, putting up 20 points, 20 rebounds, and two blocks in roughly 26 minutes of playing time. But the game that stands out for Howard was his performance on Friday.

On that night, Howard put on a clinic against the Chicago Bulls — also known as the best defensive team in the NBA, given that they rank first in defensive efficiency. No matter who the Bulls assigned to Howard, whether it was Kurt Thomas, Carlos Boozer, or Omer Asik, there was little that could be done to slow down the big fella.

For the most part, head coach Tom Thibodeau made the decision to play Howard straight up, given that’s the strategy he elected to use as the assistant coach of the Boston Celtics last year in the 2010 NBA Eastern Conference Finals when they won the series in 6 games.

Let Howard get his, then stop the perimeter attack for Orlando.

Granted, the strategy worked — Chicago lost the battle but won the war — but not before Howard unleashed his fury. For those that want to make the argument that Howard is on the shortlist to win the Most Valuable Player award, this is the game to watch.

4 comments
The truth
The truth

No player in the nba can dominate the game like howard can. You'd be retarded to make an argument against it. He owns the most important part of the court, the paint. Basketball has always been a big mans game. Kiss Russel's 11 rings, kareems 6, olujuwons 2, duncans 4, shaqs 4 etc.

This guy has so much potential he hasn't reached- on both sides of the floor.

I just hope he reaches it.

Rax70
Rax70

Howard sucks. Dirty player who's pretty boring.

What's with that?
What's with that?

Who cares if Howard done that? The Bulls won that's the important one.

Coolchicagobrotha79
Coolchicagobrotha79

Its not hard to make a 45 year old center look bad, lets see him do it against the celtics! He struggles against centers that are just as big as himself.