Tyson Chandler to battle with Superman
December, 21, 2010
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com
ORLANDO -- Now Tyson Chandler gets his biggest test of the season: Dwight Howard.
Coming off the big win at the Miami Heat where Chandler went up against slow-footed, perimeter-shooting Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Joel Anthony, the 6-foot-11, 265-pound Howard will challenge Chandler's quickness and strength in the paint.
"I've definitely got to make it tough for him. I've got to force him into some tough shots," said Chandler, who had eight points and 10 rebounds in Miami. "I've seen a little bit of the highlights against Atlanta, but I don't know, honestly, what that team and that look is going to be like. I'm sure they'll be a little out of key, I'm sure they're going to be running the basic things. It always comes down to me making his night tough, but for them it's always been a lot of perimeter shooting. When they get 3s rolling and hitting jump shots they are a real tough team to beat."
The Magic lost at Atlanta Monday night in their first game since a major roster shakeup. Out is Rashard Lewis, Vince Carter and Marcin Gortat. In is Gilbert Arenas, Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson.
But, leave it to Dirk Nowitzki to sound the precautionary alarm as the Mavs seek a fourth consecutive win their final game of the pre-Christmas portion of the scedule.
"We did lose the first one in Oklahoma City right after we made the trade [last season] and then we started to get rolling without practice time," Nowitzki said, referring to the 13-game winning streak the Mavs reeled off after the initial loss. "I’ve seen it both ways. I've seen it where it takes some time and where things have clicked right away.
"They've definitely got a very capable of players. We saw what J-Richardson can do, saw what Turkoglu did with them over the years, really having his best years down there playing off of Dwight, making big pick-and-roll plays in the fourth quarter for them. And Arenas is absolutely one of the best scorers at the guard position."