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.
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
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.