Dwight Howard wants Lakers to play 'inside out'

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You'll never guess how Howard thinks L.A. can get back on track.

With the Lakers' dream season quickly turning into a nightmare, there's no shortage of possible solutions out there to fix the struggles of a 17-24 team with four future Hall of Famers.

After their 95-83 loss to the Bulls on Monday, Dwight Howard pointed to the stat sheet ( courtesy of the Orange County Register):

"Look at the stat sheet," Howard said. "Look at the stat sheet." Asked how he can get more shots, Howard said: "It's simple. Play inside-out."

Asked if it is out of his power, he said quietly: "Just continue to play. Not get frustrated. As hard as it is, can't get frustrated."

Howard finished the game with 8 points on only 2-of-5 shooting. He's averaging 10.4 shots a game, down three from the 13.4 he averaged in Orlando last season.

However, that was before the offseason back surgery that has severely limited Howard's mobility, which has made it far more difficult to run effective offense through him.

Mike D'Antoni's latest gambit, benching Pau Gasol for Earl Clark, did not pay off against Chicago, but one effect it could have is creating more space on the floor for Howard to operate out of the low block, since Clark is more effective than Gasol as a small-ball power forward.

One of the problems with a losing locker room is that everyone can point to their lack of touches for why the team is struggling. For now, the Lakers have managed to mostly keep up a united front, but if the losing continues, that may change.

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