Dwight Howard had the magical touch Wednesday when he scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the 119-114 overtime victory against the Orlando Magic. Now, after sitting out of practice Thursday, head coach Kevin McHale said there is a good possibility Howard will play in both back-to-back games this weekend.
If he can play in both games against the Sacramento Kings (Friday) and Los Angeles Clippers (Saturday), this will give Howard more time to develop chemistry with his new running mate Ty Lawson. Having an all-star caliber point guard like Lawson will make the game easier for the 11-year veteran.
So far, Howard and Lawson have only played together in three games, but the future seems bright for the two. Wednesday night, was the first game where Houston saw how deadly the Howard and Lawson combination will become once they get accustomed to each other. Just checkout Houston’s new duo from the Magic game.
With Lawson running the offense this year, expect Howard to become more involved in the Rockets’ offense. From the way it’s looking, Howard will have his most touches on offense since leaving Orlando four-years ago. Although they are still new to each other, Howard and Lawson have some experience playing with players who were similar to one another.
For four years in Denver, Lawson had one of the league’s top high-flying big men in Kenneth Faried. Granted Faried will never be Howard, but Lawson has the experience in dropping the ball down low to a dominating big man. And of course, who can forget how dominating Howard was playing with all-star point guard Jameer Nelson.
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For eight seasons, Howard and Nelson put together one of the best inside-outside combinations during the late 2000s. Even though Howard was Orlando’s franchise player, no one can deny how much better Howard became when playing with Nelson.
Yeah, the idea of having Ty Lawson and James Harden in the same backcourt was exiting during the summer, but do not overlook his pairing with the league’s best big man. Get ready Rockets’ fan, if Howard and Lawson can continue to establish chemistry with each other, Houston might witness the second coming of John Stockton and Karl Malone.
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