Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets are very fortunate, as the NBA has upheld the Flagrant One call from last night where Howard struck Warriors center Andrew Bogut in the face. We’ve seen cases that were very similar and less severe than Howard’s result in Flagrant Two’s which of course means ejection, and possible suspension for the next game.
One such case happened Sunday night when Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford received a Flagrant Two and an ejection for striking Cavaliers guard, Matthew Dellavedova. The incident sparked heavy conversation about how hard or how dirty Dellavedova plays the game, and whether or not he intentionally hits players around their legs. An occurrence that also cost Chicago Bulls’ forward Taj Gibson an ejection when he retaliated against Dellavedova after he hit him down low diving for a loose ball.
It’s pretty obvious that each foul of this magnitude will be evaluated differently. What possibly may have helped Howard was that Bogut threw the first blow. Apparently, the officials missed that, as not even a foul was called on Bogut.
Howard, has already been ejected once this postseason. He was ejected in Game 4 against the Clippers on the Conference Semifinals. To say, the Rockets need Howard is a massive understatement. Which begs the question of why he retaliated? The Rockets won Game 4, and now will have a better shot at staying alive when the series shifts to Oakland tomorrow night.
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