Gerald Wallace: Bobcats Not Intimidated by Dwight Howard

by April 20, 2010
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Despite having their stuff sent back nine times by Dwight in the series opener, Crash says the ‘Cats are going to keep attacking the hoop regardless: “He’s a shot blocker. We’re a team that attacks the rim. you put those two together, somebody has to win. Obviously he did a great job with nine blocks but I don’t think that stopped us from attacking the basket. His nine blocks didn’t affect the way we attacked the rim or the way we got to the basket. I think our main thing is we gotta keep doing it. He had nine blocks, but he had 5, 6 fouls too, right? So we can’t back away from attacking the basket. We gotta keep going.’ Is it important to get him frustrated and in foul trouble? ‘I don’t see no importance. We didn’t win. The main thing is to let him know we’re not intimidated by him standing up under the rim.’ Do all his blocks ever make you guys think twice about attacking and start taking jump shots instead? ‘No, wrong team. We’re not going to do that. We’re going to keep going at him and we’re going to attack him. If he ends up with 20 blocks, he ends up with 20 blocks. He’s going to have to work for his 20 blocks. We don’t have anybody on this team that’s afraid to attack the basket and go at him. We’re not going to just let him think he’s the bully he’s the factor up under the basket, because he’s not. We play above the rim just like he does. Somebody has to win.”’