We’ve mentioned Sebastian Pruiti’s NBA Playbook several times here at HtD. If you’re not familiar with the site, you probably should be. In his latest post, he breaks down Dwight Howard’s performance against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1.
Going into their series against the Orlano Magic, a lot was made of Jason Collins and his ability to stop Dwight Howard one-on-one. That didn’t happen in game 1, as Dwight Howard scored 46 points on 23 shot attempts (16-23 from the field 14-22 from the FT line). Despite the big numbers, this is exactly what the Hawks wanted as they were determined not to allow kick-out passes from the post. The Hawks were so determined to prevent these kick-outs to outside shooters, that on 22 post up opportunities for Howard, the Hawks only committed an extra defender twice. This didn’t mean that the Hawks didn’t have guys digging down on Dwight, but they would only do so partially and when it looked like Dwight was committed to his post move:
You can read (and view) Pruiti’s full breakdown here.
Pruiti also discusses why Orlando’s three-second violations weren’t Howard’s fault here.
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