Howard Questions Coaching Staff Following Game Five Loss

Kyle WilliamsCorrespondent IMay 13, 2009

BOSTON - MAY 06:  Assistant coach Patrick Ewing talks with Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic in the first quarter against the Boston Celtics in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 6, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts.  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 Elsa/Getty Images)

Orlando Magic Center Dwight Howard has been known throughout his career for his charismatic, witty, and playful personality.

In this series with the Boston Celtics, however, Howard has been all business.

He has had substantial performances, but he has also been limited.

Orlando's Defensive Player of the year finished Tuesday night's woeful Game Five with 12 points and 17 rebounds on just 5-of-10 shooting.

Orlando lost the game, 92-88, a direct result of a powerful Boston Celtics fourth quarter run, in which they outscored the Magic, 33-21 in the final quarter.

Howard, who was recently named to the All-NBA first team, was a little perturbed about his lack of touches following the contest.

"Offensively I have to get the ball," Howard said after the 92-88 loss. "I don't think you are going to win a lot of games when your post player only gets 10 shots. It's tough to get yourself going and get a lot of touches without a lot of shots. We have to do a better job with that."

Howard then continued his comments, not directing his concern to anyone in particular, but it was obvious he wanted to send a message to his coaching staff.

"I'm not going to get up here and bash or say anything about what should happen, but I will say it's tough to win when all season long you play inside-out and you trust one of the people who got you off to a good season," Howard said. "I think I'm capable of scoring in the post, but I don't think 10 shots is enough. You've got a dominant player, let him be dominant." 

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Howard is an obvious defensive dynamo, but he will have to break out all of his offensive artillery in order to keep his team's season alive Thursday night.

But this previous statement brings up a re- occurring question, can he score consistently in the paint?


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