SAN FRANCISCO -- The doors to the Lakers' shoot-around opened, and there was Dwight Howard working on a series of mid-range jumpers.
From 14 feet. Sometimes 16. A few from 18 feet.
"He can make those," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Monday morning, sounding hopeful.
Improving his outside touch can only help Howard offensively. He has been a diminishing star late in games.
He had no fourth-quarter shots in the Lakers' loss Friday to Washington and also none a week ago in their loss to Phoenix.
He had one fourth-quarter shot in a loss to Atlanta two weeks ago and none in the fourth quarter of a loss to Oklahoma City earlier this month.