Originally posted on Hoops Addict  |  Last updated 3/5/12
With Amir Johnson unable to suit up tonight due to a knee injury, the Raptors were in a tough spot as they tried to battle Dwight Howard while shorthanded in their front court. Heck, even when Toronto’s at full strength battling the behemoth, or, as Dwane Casey affectionately called him, “Monster,” it’s a tough enough proposition. Things went about as expected as Howard exploded for 36 points and 13 boards in only 36 minutes. “They all have six fouls and we want to physical and make Dwight Howard work to get to wherever he wants to go because if he is able to get into the paint there is nobody in the NBA that can guard him down there,” Casey told the media prior to the game. “Our guys need to work and treat it like a 15 round (boxing) match where he has to throw so many punches to get to where he wants to go that hopefully he wears down.” If Casey meant a non-contact boxing match then his plan played out to perfection. Aaron Gray started off the game by guarding Howard, but things g...
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