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Davis on Howard: 'He's a finesse guy'

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  January 18, 2011 12:35 AM

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Dwight Howard had 33 points and 13 rebounds tonight, but that wasn't enough to impress Celtics forward Glen Davis. After the game, Davis gave some opinionated answers about Howard to a series of questions from a reporter. The first answer Davis gave was about how he guards Howard. The rest of the transcript is below [note that the reporter is Bill Doyle from the Worcester Telegram].

GD: "Make [Howard] shoot over the top, put my body into him, contest. Just make him a finesse player."

Reporter: "Is that the biggest challenge for you to guard anybody out of anybody around?"

GD: "No."

Reporter: "He's one of the best around. He's like the top center in the league."

GD: "He is? Oh. He's a great player, you know, but he's not the hardest to guard. I think it's easy to guard him."

Reporter: "Really? How so?"

GD: "Because he doesn't -- you know, he's a finesse guy. It would be different if you didn't know which way he was going. But if he's just going one way or making one move, you know, it's hard to power over big dudes who are just as strong as him."

Pretty interesting comments from Davis, especially considering these teams are likely to meet at some point in the postseason. To his credit, Davis did not allow Howard to score on him while guarding him during the final 5:23 seconds of the game, when Davis replaced Shaquille O'Neal.

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