After a solid couple of games since the All-Star break, Dwight Howard had a rough one last night in Denver.The Lakers lost 119-108 to the younger, more athletic Nuggets, and Dwight had 15 points in 38 minutes while making only 3 for 14 free throws.
It’s not a terrible loss for the Lakers (it was the second night of a road back-to-back and the Nuggets were rested). But the disparity in energy and athleticism was striking.
This alley-oop was the exclamation point on the game. Kenneth Faried jumped right over a flat-footed Dwight and dunked on him:
It wasn’t just dunks either. Earlier in the quarter JaVale McGee swatted a Howard hook shot like it was nothing:
Faried and JaVale are both athletic freaks, and they make a lot of opposing centres look slow. But it’s still shocking to see Dwight — one of the more athletic players in the league when he’s healthy — get out-jumped so dramatically.
Dwight also got comically out-hustled earlier in the game (via SB Nation). Rough night:
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