Dwight Howard expressed displeasure with how his first season with the Atlanta Hawks ended.

Howard was often on the bench during the end of the Hawks' games against the Wizards.

“It was very difficult,” Howard said Saturday. “I want to play. I want to be out on the floor. I want to make a difference. I want to make an impact, and I can’t do that on the bench.”

Howard denied suggestions that matchups reduced his time on the floor.

Howard said he and Mike Budenholzer will discuss the situation during the offseason.

“That’s something that we have to talk about,” he said. “I can’t give you details here.”

Howard was healthy this season but sometimes didn't fit with the Hawks on offense.

“It hurts,” Howard said. “I’m sure if you wrote the best stories in the world and nobody read your stories and they told you to stop writing and you saw somebody else’s story that wasn’t as good as yours, I’m pretty sure you’d be pissed, too. That’s how it is in basketball.”