By Jerry Wein

Sixers 35-year-old backup center Dwight Howard is averaging 17.5 rebounds per 36 minutes.

“I don’t know if I’ve seen a 35-year-old, LeBron (James) maybe, jump and run the way, especially a big, most bigs at this point in their careers, their knees are shot,” said coach Doc Rivers. “They can’t run and this guy’s flying up the floor. It’s just amazing. He’s an athletic phenom I’m for sure.

“We knew he can rebound, but it’s amazing how dominant he is on the glass,” added Rivers. “For us, we got to take away some of those offensive fouls, some of the turnovers, if we can get that out of his game and obviously the technicals as well. He’s been absolutely fantastic for us overall.”

And he has had little problem with a role player’s status behind Joel Embiid.

“It’s very difficult,” said Howard. “It’s very difficult, but I understand that in order for me to continue to play in this league, I have to learn from those who came before me, and there’s a lot of guys who came before me who did not want to accept having a position to where you’re not getting those shots, you’re not getting the minutes, you’re not getting the touches, and all the things that you were accustomed to getting.”

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