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Attack. Dwight. Howard.

RedsArmyAdmin May 9, 2009 Uncategorized 12 Comments

Howard block
Dwight Howard blocked a million shots last night… and once again… always from the help side.  He's just lying in wait.  And he's proved that you can't just loft one high off the board because he can go get that.  In fact, those little floaters are just begging for him to show off his jumping ability. 

I'm a big believer in your biggest strength being your biggest weakness.  And that's the case here with Dwight Howard.  His size and jumping ability are huge assets, but they're his biggest weakness because of his over-reliance on them.  I saw a few different cases of it last night.  One where Pierce drove past his guy, and as Dwight Howard came over to block the shot, he dumped it down to Perk for the slam.  There were others where Dwight launched himself only to see the guy change his mind and spin away.  But the point is, Howard over-commits to the block almost every time.

So the Celtics need to attack him and use that against him.  They spent game 3 trying to launch shots from a spot out of Dwight's reach.  Instead, they should go right at him.  Attack him and use his aggression against him.  When someone drives to the basket, someone else has to be there for a dump off.  Or, when you spin past your man and you think you have a lay up… throw an up-fake.  If Paul Pierce had just tossed a fake on this play, Howard would have jumped clear over him.

Dwight Howard is foul prone and flawed.  He has weaknesses the Celtics can exploit, but it all starts with being aggressive.  If the Celtics play the role of aggressor and take it right at him, you can get an advantage.  Rajon Rondo needs to go to the rim, not toss up tear drops.  If the Celtics play afraid, and try to play just out of Dwight's reach, then they have no chance.  Attack Dwight Howard, use his strengths against him, and take control of this series.  It can be done. 

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  • Boston Man

    Am I the only one who sees that two of his blocks were goaltends?

  • Uncle Leo

    “I’m a big believer in your biggest strength being your biggest weakness. And that’s the case here with Dwight Howard. His size and jumping ability are huge assets, but they’re his biggest weakness because of his over-reliance on them”
    Looks like you’re a big believer of those crazy pills too.

  • Aingelives

    Great article! This series is far from over.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p011570560e32970b Matty S.

    I don’t know Reds, but I hope you a right. I have to point out that you called out Reddick in Game 1, and he had a pretty decent game. You then call out Johnson for Game 3 (and I totally agreed with that call), yet he stepped his game up more than we would have thought and hit some key buckets. I can only hope that Howard does not go off in Game 4 now that you have called him out as well.
    This series in NOT over. We played a SUPER sloppy game last night similar to Game 1 and yet at one point we had a chance in the game last night until the wheels came off. Paul definitely looked like he was hurting. It was clear that he was limping late in the game last night, and I could’nt tell if he was favoring his ankle or knee or what but he was definitely in pain. Lets hope he’s ok and lets hope that we see a little more of Eddie freaking HOUSE in the game. He has been too hot to keep not give him a bit more than 20 mins.
    Don’t lose hope people this is not impossible.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p011570539554970b Ryan (UNH)

    I said the same thing in what turned out to be an essay i wrote in that last comment section.

  • matt

    Any word on the Perk suspension. I think its a load of crap that Piertus played up a bit. He didnt swing he just had his arm extended and Pietrus ran into it.
    Can we get an article up here or are we afraid of the Magic trolls coming and bring up rondo’s fould on brad miller and this.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f6a54c2970c ToTheRuins

    Not scared of dwight howard, never will be….celtics played without a brain last night…they let up and got overconfident…woo whats new…the game before they played with a brain and dwight had 0 blocks..
    the celtics are just playing like morons….why do they play there worst basketball every other game in the playoffs? its absurd

  • domz

    how come you dont post a video or posting an article of perk elbowing pietrus here? when you posted kobe’s elbow to artest. you guys are so pathetic.

  • dave cowens

    Umm, well this is a Celtics blog… I’m sure NBA.com has a vid of it.
    Celts have plenty of fight left. Ray is still due for another big game. I’m not sure what’s up with Pierce. But I have faith that he will turn his game around.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157053529f970b zippittyay

    Dwight Howard is NBA DPOY and the NBA leading rebounder primarily because there is absolutely no competition within his team for either of those two titles.

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