Dwight Howard Won’t Be Suspended for Flagrant Foul on Andrew Bogut in Game 4

May 26th, 2015 by Matt Fitzgerald Leave a reply »

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard was assessed a flagrant-1 foul for elbowing Golden State Warriors counterpart Andrew Bogut in the head during Houston's 128-115 victory on Monday.

The NBA's president of basketball operations, Rod Thorn, confirmed the ruling on Howard's foul Tuesday and indicated he wouldn't be suspended for his conduct, per NBA Official on Twitter:

Howard's unfortunate lashing out at Bogut in the third quarter could have well been upgraded to a flagrant-2 foul, which could have gotten him suspended for Game 5. It thankfully didn't come to that.

The incident could have cost the Rockets dearly in Game 4 if not for a scorching 45-point opening quarter and an epic 45-point night from MVP runner-up James Harden. Houston has to be relieved it won't be losing its big man for another elimination game Wednesday at Oracle Arena.

Thorn's predecessor, Stu Jackson, certainly felt Howard got off rather easy:   

Although the Rockets showed they could play well enough without Howard for half of the regular season to still hold on for the No. 2 pl ...

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