New York Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni gave Shawne Williams(notes) the dubious honor of starting at the five-spot on Tuesday evening, which meant the former first-round flameout-turned-reclamation project-turned rotation player spent a fair amount of his night getting beaten up by Dwight Howard(notes). "Gee, thanks, Coach."
Guarding the Orlando Magic's beast of a big man is a tough gig for most professional pivots of near-equivalent size; for a miscast hybrid forward giving up at least a couple of inches and 20 to 25 pounds of muscle, it's a near-Sisyphean task, as noted by a commenter in the Knickerblogger game thread. In the first quarter, Howard feasted on the mismatch, bulldozing his way through Williams into the paint en route to a too-easy 17 points (hitting five of six field-goal attempts and knocking down seven of his nine free throws) that paced Orlando to a 32-21 advantage after 12 minutes.
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