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Talented author and esteemed TSF/SOMM commenter, The Last Poet, lays stake to that claim.
Man, was It was nice to finally see Dwight growl!
Scowl…as he protected the rim in him from the media Kryptonic glare that ensnares the fan beautiful and leaves him/her soul rock soul impaired because of ultimately immaterial corporate imagery. This isn’t about nice guy Dwight being some kind of anti-human monster the masses just can’t get wit’; this is about being a competitor.
Not delusional and unrealistic purity but dominance.
Taking what is yours at home oh so Diesel like.
When Dwight tore down the shot clock in Cleveland, the momentum swung in his team’s favor. Would he have apologized at home?
Naaah. For who? For what?
Business, never personal.
He’ll always be the nicest person you’ll ever meet when he’s writing for the Daily Planet, but I guarantee you Dwight will smile less once he thunders out the phone booth and sees NBA Lilliputians at his feet trying to run his streets.
It’s over for that.
This was a great game. Where are the Athens haters now? The NBA is great again and last night was the perfect example why.
The best part personally was texting back in forth with my son Gaston as all the drama was unfolding and sensing the pg/qb in him wonder and subsequently speak about LeBron’s legacy. He’s wasn’t shocked because I told him about Orlando’s length and talent all year long. A subtle reminder of when my Pop would wake me after yet another Ali rope-a-dope knockout and give me a Steppin’ to the AM lesson on the finer points of heavyweight prize fighter boxing.
I listened. Damn right I did. Dig the picture that heads the site.
That influence is the main reason why I’m so hard on Dwight Howard. He can be one of the best ever if he so wants. Big Pat is teaching him.
I wanna see him Ali flex.
All he needed was a mean streak and that mean streak was chiseled from granite and aged in Dwight’s image by way of an ever rising crescendo of media poking and prodding from cats like me but not.
That mean streak was perfected through the constant and ridiculous stream of LeBron James/Kobe Bryant end all be all commercials aimed ultimately at consumers, but still painfully and gainfully influential in rising the basketball Leviathan from within a certain writer’s city limits.
Shaq was also there. Do you really think O’Neal’s presence didn’t affect Dwight’s basketball mean in just that certain way so he wasn’t as cavalier as the Cavaliers seem to have become with the notable exception of LeBron James?
Yeah that’s a dig.
LeBron is alone and if I was Chris Bosh I would sit on my hands and zip my damn mouth until it was just the moment to sign that contract. Yeah, that Cleveland contract that will lead to Bosh one day tearfully see his #4 jersey raised amongst the championship banners in the Q…or whatever it’s called by then.
Obviously premature and off topic, but why would LeBron leave Cleveland when all he saw was Mike pumping his fist in ’89?
He’s the Craig Ehlo get back and speaking to him on many occasions, he just doesn’t seem like the type of cat who would walk out of his house with no regrets.
All the Akron little kids jumping on him…
Nah, it ain’t happening. Trust me. If I’m wrong, I’ll go long until I stop just short of the cliff baby.
His history and love for the game is too encapsulated in the love of the pill’s slow motion spin as it heads to the rim.
No crowd, just him, but hey, sometimes it doesn’t go in.
Rashard Lewis (10 points in the 4th, 17 total), Mikael Pietrus (also 17) and Rafer Alston (26 points) shot the daggers that are slowly but surely killing Cleveland’s will to win and becoming goosebumps on the Orlando crowd’s collective skin.
But did you know?
When LBJ drove the lane with 4.1 left and was fouled by Pietrus (yeah it was a foul), what did you think? Did you honestly think he wouldn’t make them?
LeBron swished the first and wills the second in, but imagine if he missed. Anderson Varejao was right there for the tip in. Game over. Cleveland wins and the series is tied.
Dwight Howard’s overtime. The Leviathan kind.
He scored 10 of the Magic’s 16 points in the extra session and took no prisoners.
There were no mad three point attempts to get the crowd hype but missed and led to fast break cock back LeBron James bangers on the other end.
There was the Leviathan.
6 straight to open O.T. on two monster dunks and a lay in.
Stan Van Gundy is smarter than you think folks. He gave Dwight the damn ball and the Big Fella showed and proved and grew expontially in the span of 48 minutes.
This is why I said the real rivalry is LeBron and Dwight. All that other stuff is sky rockets in flight outta sight like the Mars lander.
This is the here and now. Dwight had to learn how to win and so far he has, but it’s not over. He must continue on the same vein and slam the lead door on LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, cookie tasting, Chinese food, water with vitamins in it Kryptonite.
Can he? What will be the fallout in Cleveland? Mike Brown’s job better not be on the line. He and Danny Ferry have some serious work to do if Orlando in fact wins the series because the odds are against them.
Only 8 teams have come back from a 3-1 deficit. Teams with that advantage have won 96% of the time.
Whatever happens, ya gotta love the NBA because it is in fact amazing.
|LeBron James, SF||49||13-29||4-10||14-18||1||11||12||7||1||1||8||5||+6||44|
|Anderson Varejao, C||26||4-8||0-0||1-1||1||1||2||0||5||0||1||6||+5||9|
|Zydrunas Ilgauskas, C||33||5-9||0-0||2-2||3||6||9||0||0||0||0||3||+2||12|
|Delonte West, SG||47||7-15||0-3||3-3||0||5||5||7||1||1||0||4||+5||17|
|Mo Williams, PG||47||5-15||0-3||8-9||0||5||5||2||2||0||1||2||-5||18|
|Wally Szczerbiak, SG||21||1-4||0-1||0-1||0||2||2||1||0||0||2||3||-8||2|
|Daniel Gibson, PG||21||2-5||2-5||2-2||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||+6||8|
|Ben Wallace, PF||16||2-2||0-0||0-0||2||2||4||0||1||1||0||1||-14||4|
|Joe Smith, PF||4||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||-7||0|
|Tarence Kinsey, SG||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Sasha Pavlovic, SG||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Darnell Jackson, PF||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|44.8%||27.3%||83.3%||Team TO (pts off): 14 (16)|
|+/- denotes team’s net points while the player is on the court.|
|Hedo Turkoglu, SF||43||5-13||2-5||3-4||1||6||7||8||0||0||5||4||+4||15|
|Rashard Lewis, PF||46||5-9||2-4||5-6||1||4||5||0||0||0||2||1||-6||17|
|Dwight Howard, C||49||10-16||0-0||7-9||2||12||14||4||1||3||2||5||+1||27|
|Courtney Lee, SG||26||2-6||1-4||0-0||0||3||3||2||0||1||0||2||-5||5|
|Rafer Alston, PG||37||10-17||6-12||0-0||0||2||2||4||2||0||3||4||+18||26|
|Mickael Pietrus, SG||40||5-13||5-11||2-4||0||3||3||2||1||0||2||5||-2||17|
|Anthony Johnson, PG||15||2-4||1-2||2-4||0||0||0||1||1||0||1||2||-9||7|
|Tony Battie, C||5||0-1||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||+8||0|
|Marcin Gortat, C||4||1-1||0-0||0-0||0||4||4||0||0||0||0||2||+1||2|
|Adonal Foyle, C||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Tyronn Lue, PG||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|J.J. Redick, SG||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|50.0%||44.7%||70.4%||Team TO (pts off): 15 (15)|
|+/- denotes team’s net points while the player is on the court.|
Flagrant Fouls: None
Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: 1 ORLANDO ( D Howard 1 ) – TEAMS (def3sec): ORLANDO (2) – COACHES: ORLANDO P. Ewing (1)
Officials: Mike Callahan , Scott Foster , Joe Derosa
Time of Game: 03:06