revgen wrote:Dwight's good offensive games so far have come against undersized bigs (Monroe, Hickson) or guys who don't play D (Curry). Granted he was in foul trouble against the Clips, but the size of Deandre and Hollins (both are 7 feet) did give him more pause than usual.
Revgen you do got a point...but I think other factors contributed to him playing a little more tentative around the Clips big men. You obviously have the foul factor as you mentioned, so he really couldn't be aggressive both defensively and offensively cause the refs were blowing the whistle on him all night.
Also, I'm thinking he got stupid fouls from time to time since he wasn't moving his feet as well, so you'll get the defense to read your lazy movement and draw offensive fouls and then on defense Howard was reaching alot instead of moving his feet. I really attribute this to fatigue. There's the matter of getting on the basketball court after a 6 month hiatus, so his conditioning is not what it should be. But if you look at the schedule, the Clips game was the 3rd game in 4 nights and Mike used the time in between, not for rest, but instead had extensive practice sessions. Metta was saying that the day off they got on Saturday before the Pistons game was the 1st one they got after 8 straight days of either practice or games.
So all those factors came into play and I'm almost positive that the foul problems will mostly be resolved when he gets his legs back and if Mike doesn't drive his starters into the ground. The fact that he's putting up these type of numbers and he's not even close to 100% is really exciting. But LA has to force the issue and get him and Pau to get going right out of the gates. If they follow that blueprint and Dwight doesn't suffer any setbacks, we should be rolling over teams by late December.