Friday, April 26th, 2013 at 10:30 am  |  35 responses

Dwight Howard Says the Lakers are Not Going Down

Down 2-0 heading into Game 3 of the first round series tonight, it could very well be Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and a bunch of nameless scrubs against the San Antonio Spurs machine. Have no fear, Dwight claims. Per USA Today: “We’re not going to go down,’ Howard said defiantly. ‘We’re going to fight. There’s no (mentality of) ‘we’re going to go down fighting.’ We’re going to fight. We’re going to keep fighting. We’ve got a lot of bodies, some strong players, so we’re just going to keep fighting. I want to win, you know what I’m saying? It seems like everything is not going our way, but I’m going to fight through it. I’m a fighter. I’m not going to quit on these guys. I’m going to show them that they can ride my back. It’s not over. It’s only two games. You’ve got to win four.’ By ‘everything,’ Howard is referring to the following: A starting shooting guard in Kobe Bryant who is now the team’s most reliable tweeter after his April 13 Achilles tendon tear ended his season. A starting point guard in Steve Nash whose status for Game 3 is in doubtful after he re-aggravated a hamstring injury in Game 2, and had a cortizone shot in his hip Thursday. A starting small forward in Metta World Peace in who often looks like the leaning tower of Pisa on jumpshots because of the ripple effects of late-March surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee (he’s shooting 33.9% since his April 9 return). A backup point guard in Steve Blake who had filled some of the void so admirably but strained his right hamstring in Game 2 and is out indefinitely. A reserve shooting guard in Jodie Meeks who missed Game 2 with a sprained left ankle and is doubtful for Game 3. And though it has not been confirmed, it’s a safe assumption that pounding headaches and rising stress levels are the norm for Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Mike D’Antoni after their season gone South. [...] For World Peace, who was adjusting the electronic nerve stimulation machine sensors on his recovering left knee while speaking to reporters after Game 2 and the Lakers, (Kawhi) Leonard is one of the many obstacles to what appears to be a near-impossible comeback. ‘I mean, yeah, I can’t really run like I want to, you know?’ World Peace said. ‘But truthfully, I don’t give a (expletive). I still want to win. That’s not going to keep us (from winning). That’s not going to keep me from…from coming out on top this year. That’s our goal. That’s it. There’s no excuse.’”

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  • SirGrey

    This site needs a Dwight Howard section.
    I praise the man who’s still a fan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cardiac.is.here Evan Harris

    Lol, Spurs will be 3-0 after tonight.

  • grammarpolice07

    Yes they are.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    they been dead since Kobe went down. Robert Sacre.. save this team from the grave

  • Drig

    Belief ain’t enough if there aren’t enough bodies on the floor.

  • http://twitter.com/chinchilla04 NBC

    knowing dwight, he’ll change his comment tonight…

  • RayJr

    He’s probably going to watch Braveheart and Gladiator today.

  • Max

    What’s wrong with him saying this?

  • mike

    Dwight …just play. Every word coming from him sounds bad…. especially all this leader talk considering he said all that and than left his teammates in Orlando

  • SirGrey

    Nah I don’t have a problem with what is said most of the time. It’s just that he talks too much and/or everyone posts up what he says. Other players have voices too.

  • Lloyd

    Good attitude, still doesn’t help the sweep.

  • Max

    Well that’s on the sites that post everything.

  • He just needs to pick his game up. Be a beast dont let someone like Bonner hold you off…

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    i will believe it when i see it. i like d12 but duncan has outplayed him so far in no way should d12 be held to 16pts when bonner and splitter are guarding him. sorry!

  • Mariano

    I’ve been watching Dwight’s post-game comments lately and he has an excuse for every game. After the first game he said “It’s ok their bigs will wear down as the series go”, then after Game 2, when he noticed that one of the bench bigs was handling him well (Bonner), he accused the Spurs of flopping. Check the game recap out, you’ll see the kind of fouls Dwight was committing; no way you can call them “flops”

  • shockexchange

    D12, Monta and Brandon Jennings should perform on the Apollo.

  • bike

    When D’Antoni was asked if it was all over he snapped ‘We’re fuck*d OK? We are so totally fuck*d! That make you happy? Does it???’

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    I said the same thing in the other thread (re: Sacre for MVP) and you downvoted and questioned why I said it. Now you say the same thing here.


  • Max

    How is “it’s ok their bigs will wear down as the series go on” an excuse?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    with you as the MC? that would be perfect.

  • shockexchange

    Nah, the last time the Shock Exchange MC’d an event, tons of women rushed the stage. The event was delayed for hours.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    That’s kind of what you get for MC’n an event that gives out free tupperwear

  • shockexchange

    Alright nbk, that was amusing so the Shock Exchange will give you a pass. But the next time you try to catch the fade … you know what it is.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    more nonsense?

  • shockexchange

    The nonsense was the comment about tupperwear … as your sorors co-sign you in 5 .. 4 .. 3 .. 2 .. 1

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ahh yes, because the comment that precluded my tupperwear line was a historical event. right

  • shockexchange

    You oughta change your name to “catch fade.” Deep down you know you don’t want it though.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you have diarrhea fingers.

  • jub_al

    Lakers need a better conditioning staff / regimen…

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  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    haha i didnt downvote anything. and you actually meant it. sucka

  • The Fury

    Actually, Matt is an underrated defender. He wouldn’t be on the Spurs’ roster this long if he’s not.

  • kwamepooh

    well that worked out perfectly

  • D12 is a quitter

    Dwight Howard just quit on the lakers. He got that second technical on purpose…in the SECOND QUARTER. Shameful. Guess he’s too good to stick around and help his teammates in what he thought was a lost cause.

    30 mil for THAT? No WAY. BYE BYE QUITTER.

    A disgusted Lakers fan

    ps: he should take Dantoni with him too. Embarrassing beyond words. At least Kobe limped out to be with his team to the very end.

  • initbruv

    You are the best thing to ever happen to a comment board.