Dwight Howard expects San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to parade him to the foul line when the Los Angeles Lakers open up their playoff series with Game 1 on Sunday, and it doesn't faze him one bit. "If they want to do that the whole series, God bless them," Howard said when asked about the Spurs using a "Hack-a-Howard" strategy on Friday. "There's nothing I can do about it but go up there and shoot the free throws. Even if I make them, they're still going to do it. So, that's not my concern. My concern is what I can control on the defensive end and then on the offensive end, just dominate. If they foul me, they foul me. We're going to make them pay." Howard went 8-for-17 from the line in the Lakers' 91-86 win over the Spurs last week. Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni has experience with Popovich using the "Hack-a-Whomever" scheme before. When D'Antoni's Phoenix Suns lost to the Spurs 4-1 in the first round in 2008, Shaquille O'Neal was repeatedly fouled and went 32-for-64 (50 percent) from the line in the five games. "I'm sure they'll try it," D'Antoni said. "We worked on Dwight being evasive out there today so they couldn't catch him. "But we'll just deal with it. He's going to make shots and he'll make his foul shots." Spurs guard Tony Parker on Friday was asked how many times he expected Howard to go to the foul line.
Dwight Howard expects the Spurs to foul
ESPN | Apr 20