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Howard struggles, seems defeated

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  May 22, 2010 11:40 PM

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As if Magic fans didn't have enough to feel bad about during the actual game, Orlando center Dwight Howard didn't offer much hope during his postgame press conference.

"They played a lot harder than us tonight," said Howard. "They went after all the loose balls. And they did it from tip-off to the end of the game."

Howard finished with 7 points and 7 rebounds Saturday night. He scored just two points after halftime. For the series Howard is averaging 17 points per game, but that stat is skewed by Howard's 30-point performance in Game 2. In Games 1 and 3 Howard is a combined 6 of 20 from the floor.

"It seemed like tonight our bodies were hear but our minds weren't," said Howard. "Our hearts -- it seemed like we weren't really into it."

Even when Howard's comments veered toward the positive, his body language suggested otherwise. Howard hung his head as he said, "We can't hold our heads. This is a very tough situation, but if we already think about being defeated, then we shouldn't even come for Game 4. So we got to just keep fighting and stay together."

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