Dwight Howard: "I'm not disappointed. It's one game. We lost as a team today like we won as a team yesterday. But at the same time we have to control the tempo of the game, and that starts with me."
Echoing further self criticism over the course of questions Dwight continued criticizing himself saying
Dwight Howard: "I let guys get behind me a couple of times today and it cost us. I HAVE to do better."
Dwight Howard pointed out that some nights everyone can have a bad night but that it's no excuse for not executing, Nash and Kobe had terrible shooting performances tonight, but Dwight referenced Kobe as the example of production through struggle, and being inspired by it.
Dwight Howard: "I watch him(Kobe) have it bad. But then he'll get going and when he gets going the crowd gets going."
Said Dwight referencing the effect Kobe had on those in attendence.
Dwight: "When Kobe gets going the crowd gets going and I see people pulling out their camera phones getting ready to capture the magic, and he gets hype and the crowd gets hype too... I love that."
Dwight amidst disappointment in his own performance looked at Kobe's success through struggle as another place he wants to get to. If he keeps taking responsibility like he did tonight and asking better of himself, then it may not be a long ways away. Even in a loss, the maturity of Dwight Howard, continues.