Here are three things Howard must do to help the Magic secure a victory in Game 4:
1) Play Physical- Howard has done too much complaining to the refs in this series. He must not allow Gasol, Bynum and Odom to bully him in the paint, a couple of sharp elbows will cure that.
2) Be an offensive threat-Howard must score at least 20 points and he needs to take more than 10 shots. Why? The Magic is a three-point shooting team and if he’s not a threat then the Lakers will stay at home on the 3-point shooters. As we know, if the Magic don’t shoot well from the outside, they don’t win.
3) Hit FT’s- The Magic will not beat the Lakers running away, the team played near perfect, they shot 62% from the field, Tuesday and only won by 4 points. Therefore, Howard must make his FT’s; every point counts. Kobe won’t shoot 50% from the FT again and collectively the Lakers won’t shoot 61 percent from the foul line.
If Howard does the things listed above, then the Magic have a great chance of ending their day tied 2-2.