Dec 4, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets power forward Dwight Howard (12) attempts to block a shot by Phoenix Suns small forward P.J. Tucker (17) during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Dwight Howard with a huge goal tend (GIF)


Throughout his career, Houston Rockets’ center Dwight Howard has been one of the most feared rim protectors and shot-blockers in the NBA.

However, despite his career average of 2.2 blocks per game (he’s averaging 1.8 blocks per game this season), his shot-blocking has been criticized for a couple of reasons. First of all, he tends to try to block shots as far as he can, often sending them out of bounds and giving the ball back to the other team. He is also often called for goal tending.

He was called for another goal tend early in Tuesday night’s showdown between the Rockets and Miami Heat. Veteran heat forward Michael Beasley got into the paint and tried to hit an off-balance shot. Howard leaped up and blocked the shot as it was going down.

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