Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
After an off-season of critics, and pundits doubting the abilities of Dwight Howard and whether the Houston Rockets acquisition was a smart one, on Wednesday night all those doubters were silenced. On opening night in Houston against the Charlotte Bobcats, Dwight Howard looked tremendous finishing with 17 points, 26 BOARDS, (tying a career-high), 2 dimes, and 2 blocks. The 26 boards were the most in a Rockets season-opener in the last 28 years and the most by any player in a season opener since the merger in 1976-77. The highlight of the night for Hoard came after he faked a pick for James Harden and rolled to the basket catching a nice alley-oop from James Harden, which essentially was the dagger in the game.
The presence of Howard in the paint, is something the Rockets have not had in some time. Yao Ming was huge but lacked the quickness and speed that Howard displays. Going against an undersized big in Al Jefferson was largely the reason Howard was able to nab 26 boards, and also the 33-90(36.7%) shooting form the Bobcats, and the 36-76(47.4%) shooting by the Rockets. The Rockets next play the Dallas Mavericks who have Samuel Dalembert playing center and who finished with an outstanding 4 points and 9 boards in 27 minutes in a win against the Atlanta Hawks.
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