The Stat Line Of The Night – 04/28/09 – Dwight Howard
Elbows, Words Fly During And After Magic vs Sixers Game 5
Total Pro Sports – Last night, the Orlando Magic won a pivotal game 5 in their series with the Philadelphia 76ers. Led by Dwight Howard’s 24 points and 24 rebounds, the Magic took the game 91-78 to and now have a 3-2 series lead. While Howard’s stat line attracted a lot of attention, it was his two elbows and the post game interviews that were most interesting.
It began in the first quarter with the game tied, Dwight aka Superman went up to block a Willie Green shot. On his way down teammate Courtney Lee took an elbow to the face, leaving him out of it and forcing him to leave the game. Not too long after that, following a Magic basket, Superman tried to disguise an elbow to the head of Sixers center Samuel Dalembert. The blatant elbow didn’t go unnoticed and Howard would recieve a technical for it. Whether a suspension will follow is anyone’s guess at this point.
When all was said and done and it was time to hear what the coaches had to say in their post-game press conferences, an interesting battle between Sixers coach Tony DiLeo accused Howard of “living in the 3 second lane”. After being asked to speak further on this, he continued to utter the same notion that Superman is getting an unfair advantage in the 3 second lane.
When it was Stan Van Gundy’s turn to speak, he immidiatly asked whether he should do the same as his counterpart and begin to lobby for calls. Refusing to accept DiLeo’s explanation, he even questioned whether Howard’s numbers were simply a result of him being good. I think Stan may have a point here.
Here are videos of the two elbows (to Lee and Dalembert), and the two coached speaking about the game.