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Does Dwight Howard Deserve To Be Suspended For Throwing An Elbow At Andrew Bogut Last Night?

Submitted by on May 26, 2015 – 8:56 amNo Comment

The Houston Rockets are going to need to have Dwight Howard in the lineup on Wednesday night if they want to have any chance of beating the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the 2015 Western Conference Finals. Even with Howard in the lineup, it’s going to be a tall task for James Harden & Co. The Warriors have been really difficult to beat at home this season, and because they have a 3-1 lead in the series right now, we fully expect them to come out ready to close it out on their home floor. And that will be made much easier if the NBA decides not to allow Howard to play.

There’s a very real chance that Howard might face a one-game suspension and, therefore, be forced to miss Game 5 of the Warriors/Rockets series. Reason being, he threw a pretty vicious elbow—and then, a pretty vicious fist—in Andrew Bogut‘s direction last night during the Rockets’ Game 4 victory. The referees only called a Flagrant 1 foul against him, which allowed him to stay in the game. But after watching a series of replays, it’s pretty clear that Howard could have been called for a Flagrant 2 foul, which would have resulted in him getting ejected from the game and, more importantly, him serving a one-game suspension since he already has several other flagrant fouls during the 2015 NBA Playoffs. You can watch the elbow here:

After watching it, we’re actually surprised that Howard didn’t get a Flagrant 2 last night. He clearly didn’t connect with Bogut’s face when he threw his elbow at him. It’s also clear that Bogut probably did something to prompt Howard to swing at him. But Howard definitely was trying to land a hit on Bogut. And unfortunately, it’s probably going to force the NBA to suspend him. That will ultimately hurt their product. But Howard has no one to blame but himself if he ends up stuck on the sideline during Game 5 of the Rockets/Warriors series on Wednesday.

Do you think Howard deserves a suspension, or should the NBA allow him to play?

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