HOWARD LOOKING TO PUNISH SPURS’ DEFENSE.
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LA Lakers center Dwight Howard believes the San Antonio Spurs’ aggressive approach in defense will eventually wear them down in the sides’ play-off clashes.
The Texans upset the NBA betting odds by winning game one of the pair’s seven match series 91-79 on Sunday with both Manu Ginbobili and Tony Parker finishing with 18 points each.
Despite being on the losing side, Howard was the tie’s highest scorer with 20 points and continued to excel in the absence of Kobe Bryant, who has been ruled out of the post-season after tearing his Achilles against the Golden State Warriors earlier this month.
The injury to their talisman has undoubtedly come as a massive blow to the Lakers, due his ability to hit the key shots at the perfect time and they will no longer be able to rely on his magnificent 27.3 point average.
Bryant’s absence has forced the Lakers to transform their game from almost all-out attack into a more counter-attacking style, with Howard and Spaniard Pau Gasol now controlling their tempo and creating scoring opportunities and despite the defeat, confidence remains high in the camp heading into game two of the series on Wednesday.
Howard accepts that at times his side were outplayed on Sunday but believes their patient style will benefit them in the next few games as he thinks the Spurs’ aggressive defence will eventually tire them out.
“As the series goes on, those [San Antonio] bigs will wear down from trying to fight for every possession,” he said. “We’ve just got to do a good job, myself and Pau, of not getting offensive fouls, not try to fight back too much, but read the defense. If they front, we have things set up to where we can counter that.”