Netease Sports reported on October 10:
October 10, Beijing time,
On the stage of the Finals, Howard became the starting center of the Lakers, this sentence itself has been like a lifetime. The last time he played this position in the Finals was at the Magic in 2009, and his first time joining the Lakers was a total misfortune and failure.
Today’s game started very intensely between the two teams. At 7 minutes and 32 seconds, Howard and Butler had a physical conflict during the grab. The two have been entangled and fell out of the court together. This intensity appeared in the finals. Not surprisingly.
Howard is now doing blue-collar work for the Lakers. He didn't shoot or rebound in the first quarter. His only presence was to have a technical foul with Butler. And he was not replaced in the second quarter. He played only 9 minutes in the first half, and the main statistics were zero.
Howard continued to start in the second half. After the main team scored three-pointers, he also made two fouls at 8 minutes and 29 seconds, making the Lakers a rare lead. But after half a quarter, he ate two more fouls, which is still too fast. Moreover, his slap in the face of Butler's foul action was too big, and he is already suspected of malicious foul.
After review by the referee, Howard was sentenced to a level 1 malicious foul. His interruption of the game inadvertently hurt the Lakers' counterattack rhythm, and the Lakers fell behind by 8 points in a blink of an eye.
Obviously, Howard's style of play is a bit incompatible with the Finals stage, and these negative moves can not help but remind him of his last performance when he played for the Lakers. Even Perkins spit out: "Kuzma and Howard, don't get on it next time!"
The Lakers coaching staff probably planned the same. Since Howard was replaced in the middle of the third quarter, the two teams continued to fight until the final round, but Howard did not play. The Lakers ultimately regretted the loss, and it was also helpless. Zhan Mei obviously needs more powerful teammates. In addition to Pope, the performance of the Lakers' other players today is a bit horrible.