Alright first off: house cleaning. I apologise for missing a few of these early season games. Please understand that I not only live in Ireland (which means games are on very late) but I also work a full time job (which I didn’t have last season) and that drains a lot out of me, and I can’t stay up until 3 am after a full day of work to watch these games when I need to be up again at 7:30. I also just moved out of my family home into my own place and I’ve been trying to adjust to that too. I start part-time hours tomorrow, so you should hear more from me going forward. I know I didn’t have to say any of this but hey, I just did. Thanks for (hopefully) understanding — GC
The Atlanta Hawks halted their two game skid with a 112-97 victory over the Houston Rockets at Philips Arena. Let’s dive right in.
Dwight Howard squares off against his old team
This was Dwight’s first game against the Rockets since he traded H-Town for Atlanta in free agency, and he had himself a good game. He prepared himself for this game somewhat differently than his Atlanta teammates are accustomed to.
“…He showed up in a nice suit tonight. I’ll let you come to your own conclusions. That is the first time I’ve seen him wear a suit.” — Kyle Korver
Well, someone didn’t watch his press opener… Or maybe Korver meant that he hadn’t seen Dwight arrive to a game in a suit. Probably that.
On the court, Dwight recorded another double-double — his fifth in the first six games — scoring 20 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. The previous two losses didn’t sit well with Dwight, he really wanted to get that win last night.
“When you get outworked by a team for 48 minutes, it doesn’t sit well with you. Against the Lakers, those guys hit some tough shots. That was one of those games where you are like ‘Ah man, we played great defense and those guys made tough shots.’ But then last night, they just outworked us. You can watch it on film. They were going for loose balls, trying to outrebound us, all the little things. You can’t allow that to happen, especially if our goal is to win a championship.” — Dwight Howard
It wasn’t just Dwight that wanted to beat his former team, his teammates understood what this game meant to Dwight and wanted to win it for him.
“We know that Dwight wanted to win tonight. We wanted to play well for him…” — Kyle Korver