Dwight Howard after win over Mavericks
Dwight Howard is clearly not bothered by what Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had to say about Howard’s decision to sign with the Rockets instead of the Mavericks this offseason.
After the Rockets 113-105 win over Cuban’s Mavericks, Howard said, “What would you want him to say? He was taking up for his team.”
On Thursday, Cuban told the media in Dallas about Dwight choosing Houston over Dallas, “Obviously, he made a mistake in judgment. Do I blame him? No.
“That’s what young kids do,” Cuban added. “They make mistakes in judgment. Seriously.”
Howard and Cuban spoke briefly before Friday night’s game.
“There’s no need to be mad,” Howard said. “He said what he had to say. We talked about it already. I totally understand. It’s business.
“I would do the same thing if somebody didn’t want to come with me. I would think they were making a bad decision,” he added.
He was equally unaffected by the Mavericks decision to intentionally foul him for several minutes in the third quarter.
“It’s a good idea for them to try that,” Howard said. “Next time we just have to make them pay.
“I think it kind of slows things down. Even though I missed a lot of those free throws, we still got stops, so that was a good thing.”
Howard made three trips to the free throw line on the intentional fouls. He made three of the six attempts. The Rockets lead when Dallas began fouling him was ten points. When Howard checked out of the game with his fourth foul about three minutes after the Mavericks started sending him to the line, the Rockets lead was still ten points.
“It’s a strategy if he’s missing free throws,” Rockets guard James Harden said. “If he’s making them, it’s pointless. Tonight it worked in our favor. He knocked them down when we needed them and they got out of it.”
These teams will meet again in Dallas in less than three weeks.