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Stat of The Day: Josh Howard Without Dirk

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Josh Howard had a monster game yesterday, almost getting a triple double with 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. And it really wasn't even a surprise. With Dirk out, it seems as if Howard always puts up big numbers. And it's not just in our heads...

08/09 Season
G MPG FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% FTA ORB REB AST PTS
w/o Dirk 1 35 10.00 20.00 50.00% 5.00 8.00 62.50% 4.00 1.00 9.00 7.00 29.00
w/ Dirk 16 31.6 6.81 15.31 44.48% 0.81 2.75 29.45% 4.63 1.63 5.31 1.31 17.88

 

07/08 Season
G MPG FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% FTA ORB REB AST PTS
w/o Dirk 5 39.4 9.80 22.00 44.55% 0.80 4.00 20.00% 9.60 1.40 7.20 2.20 28.80
w/ Dirk 76 35.89 7.09 15.91 44.56% 0.84 2.63 31.94% 4.75 1.64 6.99 2.11 18.84

 

06/07 Season
G MPG FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% FTA ORB REB AST PTS
w/o Dirk 3 36.67 8.67 17 51.00% 1.33 4.33 30.72% 6 2 9.33 2.67 24.33
w/ Dirk 73 35.55 7.1 15.38 46.16% 1.3 3.34 38.92% 4.15 1.9 6.93 1.86 18.85

 

Last Three Seasons
G MPG FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% FTA ORB REB AST PTS
w/o Dirk 9 38 9.44 20.11 46.94% 1.44 4.56 31.58% 7.78 1.56 8.11 2.89 27.33
w/ Dirk 165 35.33 7.07 15.62 45.26% 1.04 2.96 35.14% 4.47 1.76 6.8 1.92 18.75

So what does it all mean? I'm not sure, but I know it doesn't mean Dirk should be out more.  Maybe Mike Fisher just has it nailed.

I am still optimistic that one of these days, Josh and Dirk (Jack Johnson and Tom O'Leary) can be a one-two-punching powerhouse. I'm optimistic because Josh once again teased me in Dallas' 98-76 blowout win at LA...

... Josh's issues are now so clear they are no longer subject to debate...

...But God, he's a tease.