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Dwight Howard tells teammates: Give me the ball

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Dwight Howard has a plan to beat LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers in Game Two - and it involves a lot of getting the ball to Dwight Howard.

To be fair to the big man, he has a point. Aldridge torched the Houston Rockets for 46 points and 18 rebounds in Game One, and Howard wants to tire Aldridge out with a low-post war of attrition in their next match-up.

"We have to play inside out, play their bigs and make it a long night for those guys," Howard told the Houston Chronicle.

"I have to demand the ball, get it and go to work."

Aldridge got a lot of joy against Rockets forward Terrence Jones, and Howard wants to tire out the Trail Blazers star by battering him down on the block.

"We have to go right back at him," he said. "You have to make him play defense and make him use his energy on defense. Make him have to run around and guard."

Howard scored 27 points and hauled in 15 rebounds during the 122-120 overtime loss to their Western Conference rivals on Sunday night.

Aldridge led the Blazers to a stunning fourth quarter comeback as they overturned a 13-point deficit in the final 12 minutes to seal the opening win.

The Rockets take on the Trail Blazers against on Wednesday night in Texas before the two teams head to Oregon for a couple of games in Portland.

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