With more than enough time to prepare for a post sans both Tiago Splitter and Tim Duncan, the Houston Rockets took full advantage and fed PF/C Dwight Howard to the tune of 32 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks.
“We looked at some stuff (on tape) and we got him in the post,” McHale said. “I thought (Howard) rolled hard and got some late at the rim. He was really devastating on those high passes. It’s important that he gets in a rhythm and plays. It doesn’t matter who is out there playing for them, he’s got to play well for us.”
The Spurs will have the opportunity to right the ship as they face the New Orleans Pelicans Saturday night. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours now!
The San Antonio Spurs will are facing a tough week with the surging, well sprouting LA Lakers Tuesday followed up by the seriously surging NY Knicks.
The Lakers are rolling into town with Bernie Bickerstaff as the interim head coach but the world already knows that Mike D’ Antoni has been hired on to replace him once D’ Antoni has fully recovered from reconstructive knee surgery.
The Spurs (6-1) are coming off a Saturday night 112-109 victory over the Portland Trailblazers where Gary Neal came off the bench to score 27 points (20 in the second half) and the Spurs climbed out from under a 14-point deficit. Duncan was his usual effective 22 points, nine rebounds self.
”He carried us on his back,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said about Neal. ”Sometimes a player will do that, and he picked a good time for it.”
The Lakers (3-4) are also coming off a victory over the Sacramento Kings 103-90 where Dwight Howard had 23 points and 18 rebounds and Kobe kicked in 20 points all before they knew that Mike D’Antoni was their new leader.
”My job is to coach the team until they ring the bell,” Bickerstaff said. ”But listen. What’s the reality here? I mean, we all know what’s going on and I understand that. But I consented to do this for the organization, and I’m not worried about the big picture.”
Spurs at the Lakers Tuesday night 10:30 pm Eastern Standard time.
Be sure to get your tickets to see the Spurs take on the Knicks at the AT&T Center Thursday night.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been one to keep his mouth shut. His latest target? The Lakers, whose acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash .
Indeed, he went so far as to compare their latest revamping to the one they executed in 2003, which ended in disaster with a loss to the Pistons in the Finals.
“The Lakers have done this before. Gary Payton and Karl Malone and Kobe and Shaq were all together, and it didn’t work,” he said Monday in a gathering of the media and season-ticket holders. “It takes great chemistry. … It takes guys wanting to be there. I don’t know if all their guys want to be there.”
Of course, everything Cuban is saying is true in the sense that basketball games are won on the court, not on paper. And you can guarantee that the Spurs are thinking pretty much the same thing. They just probably aren’t going to draw any attention to themselves by sharing their opinion publicly.
But then, keeping things to himself has never been Cuban’s strong suit, has it?