therealdeal wrote: Weezy wrote: Uncle Drew wrote:
Great, now Dwight is pissed....
Eric Pincus @EricPincus 11m
That was about as short/upset I've seen Dwight Howard after a loss
I'd see that as a positive, we want Dwight to hate losing, to hate getting blown out, not want to miss the playoffs.
This one loss against a better opponent isn't going to have any future implications regarding his staying or going.
And he's clearly talking about defense and rebounding. We were just dominated inside. Part of that is his fault, part of that is the fault of our team who, in all honesty, seem to know when they're outmatched and don't play with the same passion and energy as they need to.
We got beat by a better team. We're extremely short handed and they've been relatively healthy all season long. Not to mention they went something like 8-10 deep and we went 7 deep. They come in waves and we come in spurts.
Not going to do it in the playoffs.
Well written post. I agree. IMO, for the most part, and I think most of us can agree Dwight has been playing better since the All-Star break. I believe there's two reasons for that happening; one is he got to the place mentally where he decided he was okay with not being the number 1 option offensively and made a choice to focus solely on defense & rebounding.
A second reason; I believe he's made his mind up that he's going to be here long-term. He says things like I'm concentrating on this season, and I'm taking it from game to game, and I do believe him. Nevertheless, he's made other statements regarding his contract with Adidas and his plans here regarding the future. It doesn't sound like a guy that is going to bolt during the summer, IMO. So, with those two things in mind, IMO, it gave him a peace of mind and contributed to him playing the kind of basketball that we need him to in order to be successful as a team.