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#pounditThursday, October 28, 2021

JB Bickerstaff defends Dwight Howard against ‘disinterested’ talk

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Dwight Howard was labeled by some as “disinterested” during the Houston Rockets’ Game 2 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday, but interim head coach JB Bickerstaff was having none of that talk.

Responding to a question about Dwight after the game, Bickerstaff said disinterest was not an issue for Howard.

“No, I don’t think he was disinterested,” Bickerstaff said. “I thought he was good on the glass. I thought he was running. Give Andrew Bogut some credit, he does a good job with his size. He’s physical, uses his length, he pushes, he grabs, he holds, so I wouldn’t say he was disinterested.”

Howard had 12 points and 10 rebounds, but he fouled out in the fourth quarter and only played 35 minutes. I actually thought he showed some nice low post moves (my tweet was sarcastic):

Maybe Bickerstaff’s right — Howard isn’t disinterested — Bogut and the Warriors should be credited for being so good defensively. And the Rockets’ problems extend far beyond Howard; it also has a lot to do with James Harden.

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