The Houston Rockets will have to go yet another game with no Dwight Howard, this time due to suspension.
As Space City Scoop’s Coty Davis reported a couple days ago, the Houston Rockets petitioned the NBA to see if they could get Dwight Howard‘s four technical fouls (from the OKC and Washington games) revoked.
That plan has now backfired, and instead of losing the techs, the NBA has now suspended Howard for one game for “striking” a ref in Washington, as per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. That’s right folks, yet another game without Dwight as the Rockets take on the Miami Heat.
Dwight Howard suspended for tonight's game, per source.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) February 2, 2016
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In addition to Dwight’s suspension, the Rockets’ interim head coach, JB Bickerstaff, was fined $10,000 for his comments on the refs. Considering the calls that have been made in favor of any team who happens to be playing the Houston Rockets lately, I agree with Bickerstaff completely. This was the play where Howard got called for his second technical against the Thunder. Notice Steven Adams’s elbow that got no call and then Howard’s light push that got him ejected from the game. Pure folly. (Vine courtesy of ClutchFans.net)
Hopefully, the refs will quit their shenanigans so that the Rockets can get their normal lineup back before too long, because time will soon be up for this team to be able to be primed for a successful playoff run.
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