In last night’s game against the Houston Rockets, Kobe Bryant recorded his 18th triple-double of his veteran career. Not only was the Black Mamba being his usual self being a scorer and hitting the most difficult shots, but he was also grabbing rebounds and dishing out assists. Most of his assists came from Dwight Howard being active and catching Kobe’s lobs.
When the Dwight Howard trade first happened, many questioned if Kobe Bryant’s game would mesh well with Dwight Howard’s game. With Dwight still getting used to playing basketball after almost half a year of not playing, his timing is slightly off. On the other hand, last night’s game was a great indication that the duo of him and Kobe Bryant can be a beastly one. In terms of getting to know each other, Dwight Howard stated in an ESPN interview,
We’re almost there. We’re almost on the same page. I just tell Kobe, he’s always going to attack but always just attack the basket and I’ll try to clean up if you miss. We’re just learning each other’s game. It’s going to take some time but we’re doing the best we can.
With an athletic big man such as Dwight Howard, Kobe has to get used to that. When he played with Shaq, the two of them had to slow their pace down to keep up with the Big Diesel who would plow into the paint. With Howard, he can run and jump and has great footwork and footspeed. Apparently, Kobe has taken back the things he said regarding Howard last year by saying that Howard would play third-banana after him and Pau Gasol. From the looks of these past few games, Kobe and Dwight know that they can be unstoppable together.