Originally posted on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 4/20/13

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard expects San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to send him to the foul line often when the two teams open their playoff series with Game 1 on Sunday. “If they want to do that the whole series, God bless them,” Howard said when asked about the Spurs using a “Hack-a-Howard” strategy on Friday. “There’s nothing I can do about it but go up there and shoot the free throws. Even if I make them, they’re still going to do it. So, that’s not my concern. My concern is what I can control on the defensive end and then on the offensive end, just dominate. If they foul me, they foul me. We’re going to make them pay.” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said the team worked with Howard to be more evasive on the court. “I’m sure they’ll try it,” D’Antoni said. “We worked on Dwight being evasive out there today so they couldn’t catch him. “But we’ll just deal with it. He’s going to make shots and he’ll make his foul shots.” Howard went 8-for-17 from the free throw line in the Lakers’ 91-86 victory over the Spurs last week. D’Antoni said he would vote to ban intentionally fouling poor free throw shooters throughout the game if the NBA ever decided to make a ru;e change. “I know when they vote (to ban it), I guarantee I’ll vote yes,” D’Antoni said. “But, the league will look at it. They look at everything, always. They just want to get it better. If it’s better for the game (to ban it), then great. But, it’s not me to say when you have guys (on your team) that they’re doing it to. But, I’m sure it will happen, and Dwight will step up and knock them down.” Spurs guard Tony Parker expects Howard to be at the line “a lot.” “I don’t know, you should ask Pop,” Parker said. “But a lot. That’s my guess, if I had to bet money. People are going to scream at him in L.A., it will be funny.”

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