ORLANDO -- The Orlando coach just met with media and like he does often, Van Gundy said something very interesting.
He spoke about how the numerous calls from officials on Howard has started to affect the star center.
"Now he's a little hesistant and little tentative," said Van Gundy.
What did Van Gundy tell Howard? "He needs to play and not worry about it," said Van Gundy.
What Van Gundy is doing is not only lobbying for his center he's trying to get the attention of officials.
Van Gundy added there are two reasons why Howard's number of shot blocks are down for this series. First, LeBron James is attacking Howard directly, head on. That reduces the amount of space Howard has to work with and thus engineer blocks. Second, the foul trouble limits Howard's aggresiveness.
This is smart of Van Gundy to make this an issue. If the Magic advance to the Finals then the officials might be more tentative in calling fouls on Howard.