When the Miami Heat went so far as to call center Dexter Pittman up from the D-League before Thursdays game to have an extra big body, you had to figure they really were concerned about Dwight Howard.
But if you just foul Howard, what is there to be worried about?
Ever since the Los Angeles Lakers picked up Howard last summer, there has been some concern about how the small and rebounding-poor Heat might match up against the big Lakers in the NBA Finals. Even after the Lakers got off to a brutal star and became long shots for the Finals, there was still some intrigue since the teams had not meant.
But the worriers can take a break. Yes, Howard had his usual big rebounding game against the Heat, grabbing 16. But the center shot just 5-of-13 from the foul line and his Lakers lost 99-90 to the Heat on Thursday night at the Staples Center.
Beating the Lakers (17-22) these days might not qualify for a ticker-tape parade. Still, its a good step for the Heat (26-12) considering all the...