Lakerjones wrote: puffyusaf#2 wrote:
therealdeal wrote:Dwight was fantastic last night. He dominated offensively and defensively. The refs just didn't want him to win tonight. Pop and Duncan hold too much weight. Any time he'd start to get into a rhythm we'd hear a whistle and get an offensive foul called. All of the fouls called on him were absolutely legitimate, but during the play he's ALWAYS getting held, pulled, pushed, hit, scratched, and beaten. I think the only foul where I'd say that he was absolutely fairly called was the push on Danny Green. The others were all bulls***.
He played with great intensity, great focus, and great attitude. I loved it. He's really won me over and any doubts that I might have harbored about him being a true cornerstone type of player are disappearing. It's great also knowing that he's also not 100% and could actually improve.
He also needs more post moves (Drew did not) to help him dominate. I think he can do it as he has shown me more and more but he hasn't made that "I am #1" move yet.
^ I agree with both of you on these points. I thought he did a good job passing out of the double team, personally, but man, do I ever agree with you about Dwight learning some more post moves. He needs to go to the woodshed on that one.
The refs jobbed Howard big time last night. Garbage.
I'm with you guys. He's not "#1" offense material and I have a hard time believing that he ever will be. BUT
He's a #1, 2, 3, and 5 defense material. He's got quick hands like Metta and explosive ability like Bill Russell. The guy is a unique defending specimen. That coupled with his rebounding ability makes him a really true centerpiece for anything we might want to do in the future. He's going to be great for us.
Offensively, I agree. What sucks is that I think he's got some moves or at least the right idea on some moves, but he doesn't trust them. He's got a move that I've only seen him use once this season for us that just really accentuates his physical abilities. He fakes middle, spins baseline into the rim, rises and dunks the ball.[youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZfKK_lIG1c
Obviously Amar'e isn't an All-NBA defender, but that move is something he can build on so easily. Go through the same motion and if your man has recovered to the spin, pump fake and then come back to the right hand. Begin with the same motion, fake a spin, come back to the right hand...
It's the ONE thing I think he learned from Hakeem and has any confidence in shooting. I think that's where he should start and build from because he has really quick feet and I think this kind of move is right in his wheelhouse.