Kendrick Perkins Keeps Dwight Howard at Bay as OKC Runs Past Orlando 97-89

Oklahoma City, the popular pick to represent the Western Conference in the Finals began its quest for world NBA domination with a convincing victory over the Orlando Magic, 97-89. Durant lit up Orlando for 30 while Kendrick Perkins…and company…held Dwight Howard to 11 points on 4-11 shooting. Howard did have 15 rebounds.

James Harden, quickly becoming one of my favorite players, had 19 and Russell Westbrook 14. Ryan Anderson made 6 of 12 three point attempts and led the Magic with 25; Jameer Nelson had 18 and 6 dimes.

Orlando looks way out of sorts. Is it all the drama surrounding the future of resident superstar Dwight Howard? Too early to tell, but Howard just didn’t look like himself after looking good in the early minutes.

Kevin Durant is who most have winning the MVP this shortened season. He looked cool and focused and we can’t wait to see if the kid takes OKC to the next level.

This game was a blowout for most of the contest and nearly unwatchable because of Howard’s ineffectiveness. I’ve been very hard on Dwight because he should become one of the best of all time at his position. He has no NBA peer (Can Bynum stay healthy?), so I don’t get why he’s not around 30/20/5 for a season.

Maybe it’s Orlando. He’s not the type of outspoken athlete who will yell his way out of town and if Dwight does want to leave, he’s not being vocal at all about it. Yes, this was the first game of the season but if Orlando doesn’t resolve the drama, this could be a long season in Disney World.

Orlando shot an abysmal 37% while the Thunder was much better at 47%. Orlando outrebounded OKC 45-43. Orlando hit 8-28 from the arc; OKC 10-19.

4 Responses to “Kendrick Perkins Keeps Dwight Howard at Bay as OKC Runs Past Orlando 97-89”

  1. Corin Brown says:

    “He’s not the type of outspoken athlete who will yell his way out of town and if Dwight does want to leave, he’s not being vocal at all about it.” So the reports from last week, that he wanted a trade to New Jersey, were NOT true?

  2. Talking to Dwight many times over the years, he’s really not the cat to do so publicly. I don’t know the context of the quote you speak of so it’s hard for me to comment.

  3. Corin Brown says:

    The only quote I cited, or spoke of, is the one from your post. Many news organizations reported that Howard recently requested to be traded to New Jersey and that he and his representatives have met with New Jersey brass. Here’s a link to one such report: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/sam_amick/12/09/dwight.howard.magic/index.html Howard might not be tweeting every time he picks up his iPad, “I want to leave Orlando!!!!!” but his meeting with New Jersey was a public expression of his intention to leave Orlando, yes?

    People in this space might find it difficult to believe but I have never spoken to Dwight Howard. However, based on his performances and public appearances, he seems like a sweet man who apprehends well the interests of the Orlando fans. I was just curious if you, MT, knew, based on your ready access to Howard, if this wasn’t true – that he wanted to be traded to New Jersey. Better yet, based on your ready access to Howard, you are in a unique position to report on this to your readers: can you tell us what exactly Howard has told you about his intentions?

  4. I haven’t talked to Dwight. If I do I’ll definitely let the site know.

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