During Wednesday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets, Lakers center Dwight Howard had an early end to his night thanks to an ejection following a hard foul.
With just over five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried was driving down the lane looking to score. Howard was in the lane and went with a hard foul instead of trying to honestly defend Faried’s drive. Howard made it glaringly obvious that he was not looking to make a play on the ball and it resulted in a flagrant-two foul.
Flagrant-two fouls come with an automatic ejection, so Howard was sent to the locker room. He will now have to patiently await word from the league if a fine or suspension will follow.
Before the foul, Faried was having an impressive game with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Howard must have been trying to put a stop to his production at all costs but there are better ways to play defense than checking a man in the face. Howard apparently didn’t receive that memo.
Here is video of the flagrant-two foul:
Should Howard be fined or suspended for the flagrant foul or was it just clean, hard defense? Let us know how you think the league office should handle this foul by leaving your opinion in the comments section.