I’m fine with last night

Losses are never a good thing, but I’ll honestly say, if you gave me the choice between a) a win and a down performance from Dwight and b) a loss and another huge performance like last night, in a game where we were already missing our starting backcourt, I’d take ‘b’ every time.  I say this because I’m still in that cautious phase where I’m expecting those monster games from last week to be proven a fluke and every additional night like last night pushes that chance further away from reality.  The prospect of Howard rounding into form (and becoming a dangerous post scorer) is so significant to this franchise’s future that I don’t want to jump the gun on a proclamation.

Last night bore out the same results as before.  Dwight did his damage in single coverage but when the Mavs brought doubles after he made his move, he struggled.  A few times, Dwight pump faked the pass, throwing off the help defense, but this was before he began his dribble.  His problem still remains the double after he’s begun his move.  And I don’t know how that can be fixed aside from getting him set closer to the hoop – any big man trying to dribble through that many arms in today’s modern NBA is going to have trouble.

Michael Pina posed an interesting question last night, over email: is Dwight a top  5 player again?  At first, I was uncomfortable committing.  But when pressed, who’s really better?  Lebron and Durant, naturally.  Chris Paul, possibly, though it’s not as if his team has fared better than Howard’s, despite better health.  Harden – no.  Paul George has been terrific, but also has been the beneficiary of a tremendous team scheme.  Pina says that over the next three years, the only players he’d rather have than Howard are Lebron, Durant, and Anthony Davis.  I’m leaning towards agreement.

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Total comments: 9
  • Buckko says 4 months ago Well there is something else. When asik and Lin's contract end, that offseason LMA and Kevin Love and I think Horford will all be FA and we will have about max money.
  • miketheodio says 4 months ago

    I wonder how much all the advances in sports medicine throw off the stats of how long a player will last.

  • HazeWinkle says 4 months ago

    who care about their offense that not the problem. the problem is they cant play any kind of defense even at home. this team reminds me of the steve nash suns can score on anybody but cant play a lick of defense. this team looks like there starting all rookies when they play defense but most of the guys been in league what 4 years. like cousions said lock down your man and do ur're effin job

  • 2016Champions says 4 months ago

    I was pissed as much as all others are. But I won't blame him until I knew more. Which is over-helping is ordered by coaches or his choice.

    I think there are certain decisions on the floor where the player has to make his own judgment call, I wouldn't pin something like this on the coach.
  • PKM says 4 months ago

    Pina says that over the next three years, the only players he'd rather have than Howard are Lebron, Durant, and Anthony Davis. I'm leaning towards agreement.

    The problem for me is well....the next three years. So far this season, Howard has been amazing, and Lebron/Durant are the only players who I'd easily take over him. But there's been plenty of talk about how well Howard in general will hold up as he ages, and the reality is that long-term thing is something which we can't know about at this stage. And this comes from someone who thinks that basketball fans overrate youth in general.

  • Richards says 4 months ago

    Dirk was great, but what really killed us were the open 3s we gave up to good shooters. My patience is growing thin with Jeremy Lin and his incessant need to over-help, I don't think I can continue to support him if he keeps this up. It's really an easy fix with anyone with half a brain, so I don't get why it's taking so long for Lin to figure this out. Maybe I shouldn't single out Lin, but the 3s he gave up to Calderón plus the 3 he gave up to Crowder in the corner really stood out to me.

    I was pissed as much as all others are. But I won't blame him until I knew more. Which is over-helping is ordered by coaches or his choice.

  • Jeby says 4 months ago

    "Pina says that over the next three years, the only players he’d rather have than Howard are Lebron, Durant, and Anthony Davis."
    NO KOBE?? #counttherings #vino #idontneeddwight #idontneedknees #idontneedtendons #impossibleisnothing #doinwork #paugasolbff4eva #mambaout

  • 2016Champions says 4 months ago Dirk was great, but what really killed us were the open 3s we gave up to good shooters. My patience is growing thin with Jeremy Lin and his incessant need to over-help, I don't think I can continue to support him if he keeps this up. It's really an easy fix with anyone with half a brain, so I don't get why it's taking so long for Lin to figure this out. Maybe I shouldn't single out Lin, but the 3s he gave up to Calderón plus the 3 he gave up to Crowder in the corner really stood out to me.
  • RollingWave says 4 months ago

    I would be fine with last light if last night didn't come on top of other baffling losses.