Howard to miss Bulls game for technical foul suspension?

Per NBC Sports:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Orlando Magic center Dwight
Howard is poised to serve another one-game suspension after picking up
his NBA-high 18th technical foul of the season.

The reason was a rare 10-second violation on a free throw attempt.

The
poor-shooting Howard has always been deliberate at the line, and
referee Bennett Salvatore called a violation for taking too long to
attempt his second shot late in the second quarter Wednesday at
Charlotte.

As the crowd jeered, Howard tossed the ball away from any official. Salvatore immediately gave Howard a technical.

If the call is upheld by the league, Howard will sit out Sunday's nationally televised game against East-leading Chicago.

Weird, I had heard Howard picked up the foul, but I had just figured there was no way that the Bulls were the next game on the list given that Chicago plays two games prior to playing the Magic on Sunday, and having three off days in a row is really odd.

However, low and behold, the Bulls are the Magic's next opponent.

I'd rather get a chance to go at Howard, but assuming the foul is upheld, and really, why wouldn't it be, the Bulls path to the #1 seed sure got a lot easier even if they manage to screw up today's game.

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  • I don't think the league is hurting for ratings in the Bulls vs Orlando game, but they just might overlook the technical against Howard and let him play for the national television audience. Just a thought...

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I agree with you; NBA will want ratings over everything, and a magic team without Howard will be boring to watch

  • In reply to Reese1:

    How can a team win with Howard as the first option? He seems like the modern day Rasheed Wallace in a way...talented but unable to control his emotions. Although there are no off the court issues with Howard, these things must be cementing his exit from Orlando.
    Everyone seems to say a player is #1 option or #2 option after they put up monster stats in the first 3/5 years of their career. I am talking about Rose, Durant, Howard, LeBron, Carmelo,DWill, Paul specifically. How many will turn out to be a real #1 option who can take their team to multiple finals or championships like Kobe, Duncan? Remains to be seen and it looks like LeBron,Melo,DWill,Paul and Howard have kind of failed in that part of their career.

    If Orlando exits in the second round, does it mean Howard is a #2 option in terms of leadership and has to go with Rose or DWill?

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I don't think the techs really hurt Howard all that much. I think the problem with winning behind Howard is that he's not an end of game option.

    He needs a great closer next to him.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    It is not just being an end of the game option. What I mean is him losing his cool so easily and also act as if he is very funny/cool other times. I know every star complains(MJ did, Kobe, Wade do it)but they don't rack up technicals like Howard. There is an appropriate time to act angry but he is just being stupid. Your best player has to be much smarter than this if you are a regular contender for a championship. It shows he is not mentally strong to take crap over and over again like what a Garnett, Kobe would do to him.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    and also the tone it sets for your team, all the complaining & excuse making, it doesn't make for a winning environment

    Howard may be putting up great numbers, but he is far from an MVP

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Agreed!
    Howard doesn

  • In reply to Edward:

    Speaking of LeBron, his mom went and made the news again right before the playoffs. This time, she got a little drinky, and took a swipe at a parking valet.

  • In reply to saigman:

    Yeah, she was drunk at nearly 5am on a weeknight, assaults a parking valet, gets arrested and charged with battery

  • In reply to Edward:

    Somehow Delonte "Lebron's Step-Dad" West has to be involved in this incident!

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Im I the only one that would rather face Miami just because the history of us never beating them in the playoffs ... Its kinda weird but I have heard alot from guys who do sports betting about looking at the history of the matchups when predicting outcomes we are 3-14 against the celtics in the playoffs

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Sorry I meant the history of us never beating boston in the playoffs

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    I wouldn't worry about that trend. It is only a more specific way of saying that established contenders tend to beat up on young rising teams in the playoffs; as they've never played at relative equal strength (meaning both are at the 'contender' or 'up-and-comer' stage).

  • In reply to saigman:

    I mean like the history of both organizations we never even won a playoff game against boston until 09 we were 0-10 that includes the 63 point game jordan had against them

  • In reply to saigman:

    It's official.

    http://twitter.com/ChrisMannixSI/status/56110058534207488

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Would be nice to put the smack down on Boston or Miami or both! I was very proud of the Bucks beating the Heat last night in Miami! :-)
    I sure wish we had Salmons and didn't give him away like we did Capt Kirk as well to make room for the 3 ring circus that all took their "talents" to South Beach! :-)

    But honestly we have had a amazing season, especially with the injuries to key players, the Boozer/Noah tandem kinda scares me though as does Bogans starting to a lesser degree.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    If you want to win with Howard you have to get him a decent supporting cast. I think he's a heck of a lot more dangerous if he had even one other player who occasionally demanded more than one on one defensive attention. Right now the winning strategy against Howard is to just single team him, who cares how many points he scores because as long as you guard the other 4 guys in reasonably close single coverage they can't do jack.

    The problem isn't with Howard as a first option, the problem is the Magic don't have a second option quality player.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    He will have more than decent supporting cast in 2 years when he ends up in LA.

    LA has Bynum to offer, can the Bulls figure out a way to beat that and dominate the league for the next 6-8 with Rose and Howard. Noah, the Charlotte pick and what gets it done?

    To bad we can't dump BGBZR on Orlando in that deal.

    Does Asik who Hollinger says will be the second best defensive center in the game within 2 years have enough upside to be part of the deal instead of Noah and be worth more to Orlando than Bynum.

    Will Howard want to play with Rose enough to force his way to Chicago.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Personally, I

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Did anyone see the play? I want to know how long he took at the line, b/c a lot of guys in the NBA really push that 10 second rule. Tim Duncan comes to mind. They should call that more often as it slows down an otherwise action packed game.

    I wouldn't mind him missing the game. I've kind of been coasting here down the stretch as a fan. Hard to get up for some of these games. I think that's been evident with the # of comments you've been getting for each game thread right Doug? Now games like Boston & Orlando should be the exception, but I'd rather not give away any more playoff strategies. We're likely going to face Orlando another 4 times at least, and probably a 50/50 we will play Boston again, so give me the real deal.

    I got the weekend off, and was thinking about making the 5 hour drive down to Orlando for the Sunday matinee. Might just be better to wait til the playoffs. Wonder how much decent tickets would go for in the 2nd round? Never been to a playoff game.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Gerald Henderson actually did the 10 second count ;) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-2AQ4RMQLk

    Me doubts NBA will uphold this for the sake of TV ratings

  • In reply to claytonabigsby:

    I doubt the NBA rescinds it because of the message it would send too publicly.

    It's not the 10 second count that's the technical, it's him throwing the ball away from officials.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Absolutely correct, if it were a tech for the 10 second violation they would rescind, but they can't because of his reaction, which amounts to disrespect for the game. He is out.

    Although, I would have liked to have seen Asik get another crack at extended minutes against him given his performance against Orlando last time.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    when does the NBA usually announce the MVP?

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    2nd round of the playoffs.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    They typically give it to the winner in the 2nd round of the playoffs, I believe at half time of game 2, since outside of Dirk, the winner basically always has home court in the 2nd round and is there in game 2.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    The thought crossed my mind, but I doubt it happens.

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