I did see the game - the miracle of streaming websites. And it seems like you saw a different game. You are too hooked on the points production (and FYI, Howard had 2 points in the 4th quarter - he had 12 in the first half as Orlando built a double digit lead). And why do you think Hedo Turkoglu is so dangerous? Because of Howard. Defenders are left with the option of trying to collapse on Dwight, or cover the outside threats - and Miami WERE trying to smother Howard. If you think they didn't double him, I have to ask if YOU watched the game? You aren't even quoting actual stats - Zo had one block, and it wasn't on Howard, who missed only one shot all night. Howard outplayed both of them, period.<quoted text>
Yeah. I know you are in the U.K. Because if you saw the game not once was D. Howard doubled team in the game. And yeah he had great numbers but those stats no where close to that when he matched up against Shaq he had like 6 of them points in the 4th when Riley had already given up against the Magic and took the diesel out the game. He played like the whole 4th quater so of course his numbers will be looking good by the game ends. Howard did play well but he didnt impact that game for the victory. It was Hedo who killed the Heat with 27 points, shooting 5of 7 from the three. Howard is great but for that game he wasnt strong enough to post Shaq and even Zo who had 3 blocks. Dont get me wrong Howard is a great player but Shaq is still the top. He may average less points than about 5 centers in the game right now but he is amongst the league leaders in field goal percentage and block shots. That night was a season high on shot attempts, I must mention the officiating which recieve criticism in that game as well.
Get your home court glasses off and look at it objectively. Shaq is not the player he once was. If you asked any GM in the League - you can have Dwight Howard or Shaquille O'Neal for this season only (removing the fact that Howard has more years ahead of him). 30 out of 30 would choose Howard.