6 minutes. That’s how long this series lasted.
That’s how long Dwight Howard was healthy. At the 6:00 mark of the first quarter, Josh Smith rolled into Howard’s right knee. After immediately leaving the game, Howard did return to try to make a go of it, but from that moment on he was playing on one leg, unable to jump, unable to move. Couldn’t defend. Couldn’t offend. The Rockets turned it over on several attempted lobs to him under the basket, that he just couldn’t get to. Didn’t even try to get to.
In his first 6 minutes, despite several failed catches, Howard was 2-2 from the field, and had already gone to the line twice. He fed Bogut his first foul less than a minute in. And looked ready, as soon as he settled down to start catching the ball, to give Bogut a whole lot more. And dominate the paint.
Despite playing on one leg for 20 of his 26 minutes, Howard finished with 7 points, 13 rebounds, and a block. Bogut lasted 16 foul-plagued minutes, finishing with 0 points, 4 rebounds, and 0 blocks.
We’ll never know for sure now, but I think I got this matchup right.
For six minutes, this was a series.
Wake me up when it’s over. Warriors in four.