Dwight Howard has struggled at times to stay on the floor against the San Antonio Spurs. Offensive and loose-ball fouls have sent him to the bench too often while the Lakers are already playing with a desperately thin lineup.
In 35.3 minutes a game, Howard is averaging 20.3 points on 60% shooting with 11.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks a night.
He's also averaging five fouls a game.
The Spurs' game plan has been to wrap up Howard whenever he's in the paint, often with multiple defenders. San Antonio has sent him to the free-throw line nine times a contest.
"I guess they did what they had to do," said Howard said after Friday night's blowout loss that left the Lakers in a 3-0 hole in the best-of-five first-round playoff series. "We just have to come back and be physical with them. That's what we have to do next game."