Should Dwight Howard Be Suspended for His Hard Foul on Derrick Rose?

March 12th, 2010 by Darrell Horwitz Leave a reply »
As Yogi Berra would say, it was like deja vu all over again watching Dwight Howard swat Derrick Rose out of the air and send him crashing to the court last night in Orlando on the TNT Game of the Night.

The previous encounter happened on Feb. 10 when Rose fell hard on his backside and suffered a bruised right hip, causing him to leave the game.

Some people questioned that play, but I thought it was a legitimate hard foul with no bad intent.

This time I'm not so sure.

Rose drove hard to the basket near the end of the first quarter and left his feet as Howard slid over and appeared to hip-check him with no attempt to swat at the ball. Rose went down hard and came up holding his left wrist.

He left the game shortly after that play and had X-rays taken. The MRI he took today revealed a sprain in the left wrist. He's out of tonight's game against Miami and is listed as day-to-day.

Howard was called for a foul, and that was it.  

The NBA rule for flagrant fouls defines them as unnecessary and/or excessive. There are two types of flagrant fouls, a flagrant one and flagrant two.

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