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Does D'Antoni think about benching Dwight to pre-empt opponents hacking him? "You think about it all the ...
time, but we're not going any place without him."
D'Antoni's point is that he wants Dwight to be a complete player with confidence in his free throws, and that's not going to happen if his coach is "jerking him out," D'Antoni said.
D'Antoni: "I'm not going to do it."
D'Antoni said he has "faith in him." A 10-point Lakers lead dwindled to a three-point lead in Minnesota in large part because Dwight went 2 for 8 on free-throws from the 3:00 to 2:00 marks. The Lakers' flow was disrupted, and it didn't help them that Nash and Kobe missed free throws down the stretch also.