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Did Howard learn to dominate? 05.15.09 at 1:05 pm ET
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One of the hottest topics in Game 6 was Dwight Howard’s ability to dominate. The Celtics had stopped him from doing it in the first five contests, but Howard was confident he could take over the paint. As he wrote on his blog, he thinks he accomplished his mission:

“I knew going into this game that if I wanted what I call touches that I had to crash the boards and dominate the game defensively and rebounding … I know that there are other ways to dominate a game than on scoring. My team needs me to be a beast in the lane for us to win. I tried to go after every ball last night and see if they could stop me.”

As for his decree of domination following Game 5, Howard has learned to prove it on the court, not at the podium:

“I guess if I learned anything the past few days after my comments in Game 5 it’€™s that I need to keep my mouth shut sometimes. Otis had me in his office and we talked about how there are better ways to deal with problems than I did. I’€™m still young, still learning and I’€™m going to make mistakes sometimes.”

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Rivers: Why would they change? 05.14.09 at 1:26 pm ET
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ORLANDO – Dwight Howard called for more touches following his team’s collapse in Game 5 in Boston. Then he met with his coach to apologize for publicly ripping him.

Now he’s guaranteeing a magical comeback against the Celtics.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Thursday morning that while the story gives everyone covering the series and fans plenty to talk about, there’s something everyone’s forgetting.

Why would the Magic suddenly change a game plan that produced a 28-point lead in a Game 1 win, a 21-point win in Game 3, fourth-quarter leads in Games  4 and 5 only to have the Celtics stun them in both.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Perk: Howard has a ‘point to prove’ at 12:14 pm ET
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ORLANDO – The man assigned with covering Dwight Howard expects a Superman effort from the outspoken Orlando center.

“Yeah, he’ll probably come out with a point to prove,” Celtics center Kendrick Perkins said at Thursday’s shoot around at Amway Arena. “I know he wants to be the best player on the court, so yeah he is going to come out with a point to prove.”

Following Tuesday night’s game, Howard criticized his head coach Stan Van Gundy for not calling plays for him to get the ball during the last five minutes as the Magic watched a 10-point lead evaporate as the Celtics prevailed 92-88, giving Boston a 3-2 series lead.

But Perkins, who is responsible for defending the Orlando big man, feels Howard has been getting plenty of touches. Read the rest of this entry »

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Howard guarantees series win at 9:03 am ET
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Just a day after calling out his coach, Dwight Howard is confident the Orlando Magic will beat the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

“We can’t give up hope,” Howard told reporters on Wednesday. “We’re in this series to win it. We are going to win this series.”

Howard criticized head coach Stan Van Gundy
following the Magic’€™s Game 5 loss. He questioned why he wasn’€™t being allowed to ‘€œdominate,’€ as he barely touched the ball down the stretch of their fourth quarter collapse. Howard and Van Gundy seemed to have reached a resolution.

“Getting the ball shouldn’t be a big issue for me,” Howard said. “There’s more ways to dominate the game than scoring. Me and coach, we talked about that. I just can’t let my frustrations get to the point where I’ll say anything.”

Game 6 will be played tonight in Orlando. The Celtics lead the series 3-2.

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Did Howard learn from Garnett? 05.09.09 at 4:47 pm ET
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Before the start of the playoffs Kevin Garnett teamed up with Dwight Howard for adidas to share some postseason knowledge. KG revealed the Celtics blowout of the Lakers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals solidified last season’s championship run for him. After the Magic’s 21-point win over the Celtics in Game 3, it looks like Howard has picked up on a few things. For more videos, click here.

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Comeback just fool’s gold 05.05.09 at 3:29 pm ET
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WALTHAM – Down 28 points midway through the third quarter, the Celtics nearly completed the biggest comeback in their great playoff history on Monday night.

But to coach Doc Rivers, that provided no consolation. And he made that much very clear at practice on Tuesday at the team’s practice facility, one day after dropping Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals to Orlando, 95-90, at TD Banknorth Garden.

“Execution was bad, defense was bad, offense was bad,” Rivers said. “And I don’t lean on the fact that we had a chance to win the game. I agree with Van Gundy. I’d focus more on the fact that they were up 28 points. To me, that’s far more important to me than we made a fool’s gold run that got everybody excited. That does nothing for me.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Howard: Perkins makes me better at 12:32 am ET
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Dwight Howard has always been generous with his compliments of Kendrick Perkins.

“Kendrick did a Kareem shake tonight,” Howard said after the Magic’s win in March. “It shocked me, but that just shows me that those guys have really been working on their game and they’€™ve gotten a lot better.’€

He was just as quick to credit Perkins after the Magic’s victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Howard scored just seven points and got to the line once in the second half.

‘€œThey played great defense tonight,’€ Howard said of the Celtics. ‘€œThey pushed me out, I didn’t get into a good rhythm. Kendrick (Perkins) kept a body on me and that’s what he’s supposed to do. I have a lot of respect for Kendrick and he makes me a better player, something I look forward to next game. Me and Pat (assistant coach Patrick Ewing) will watch film, see what I need to do so that it won’t be another night like tonight.’€

Howard and Perkins will battle again in Game 2 on Wednesday night.

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