Early Season Fustrations For Fouling Howard

Aaron ShawContributor INovember 11, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic reacts in the first quarter of Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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This past four game run seems to be troubling the All-star Orlando center in that of Dwight Howard. He has played terribly recently and continues to show signs of aggression that last season cost them a couple games entering and in the NBA finals.

Currently Howard averages 4 fouls a game in which on the season he now has a total of 32 as this NBA season begins only having played 8 games. Out of the past four games the Orlando Magic have broke even winning 2 and losing 2 as they now have a record of 6-3 on the season. Losses coming to from the Oklahoma Thunder in a 102-74, in which Howard played 32 minutes for 7 rebounds 4 fouls and 20 points; as well as another tremendous loss coming from the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-93, in which Howard played for 31 minutes for 7 rebounds 5 fouls and 11 points.

Although Martin Gortat is a brilliant player and bring the bench comparison of play for the Magic to levels that compete with some teams starting positions is a very strong factor and making him seem a dependable factor does not mean that your starter has to be overly bold or aggressive with reactions and player taunting while on the court. Something that Dwight Howard is continuing to have problems with as this season gets underway. Lets just hope that he learns quickly how to hold in that aggression and keep himself available to playing every minute need of him to play with-out the threat of foul trouble. The Magic are going to need his presence down low as team start to through 2 and 3 big men down low to off-set most defensive packages around the league. This is something where the speed and agility that Howard possess would keep the Magic from falling prey to an offensive tactic as such.