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Dwight Howard ejected from Rockets’ ugly loss to Clippers (VIDEO)


LOS ANGELES — Not much went right for Dwight Howard on Sunday night.

He picked up two fouls in 3:40 of the first quarter and spent the rest of that quarter on the bench. He picked up a third in the second quarter (and a technical foul), and by the time he picked up the next couple in the third the Clippers had been blown the game wide open.

Then early in the fourth Howard picked up a sixth foul for a bump on Blake Griffin in transition. In frustration he threw the ball at the referees feet (and may have said something as well).

He got a quick second technical and was tossed. He was gone anyway with the sixth foul.

“It’s frustrating,” Howard said after the game of his foul trouble. “I’m emotional playing in the playoffs, I want to win so bad, you know it’s frustrating. I just have to keep a more even keel.”

At least he didn’t have to hang around and watch the painful fourth quarter of a 128-95 Clippers wins. Rockets’ fans wish they didn’t have to watch it, either.

Wizards’ John Wall ruled out for Game 3 vs. Hawks

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John Wall has officially been ruled out of Game 3 vs. the Hawks on Saturday, head coach Randy Wittman confirmed to reporters less than two hours before tip-off during his customary media availability.

Although the team had yet to make a determination on his status until now, this shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise.

Once it was revealed that Wall had five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist following an injury he suffered in Washington’s Game 1 victory, it was safe to assume Wall would continue to miss some time. What kept the team from making a sweeping statement that he’d miss the remainder of the postseason was the fact that the injury is to Wall’s non-shooting hand, and the thinking was that if the swelling could subside to the point where he could dribble and grip the ball effectively, he might try to play through the discomfort.

It’s obviously not to that point just yet, and that’s going to hurt the Wizards’ chances in this series somewhat significantly.

The key stat that tells you just how important Wall has been to his team in these playoffs is points created by assists per game. Wall leads all players in this category with an average of 30.8, while the next person on the list (Blake Griffin) averages just 18.8 to come in a very distant second.

Jason Terry ejected after shoving Blake Griffin in the back late in Rockets’ Game 3 loss to Clippers (VIDEO)

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Jason Terry was ejected in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ Game 3 loss to the Clippers on Friday, for running up to Blake Griffin and shoving him in the back, seemingly for no reason.

The game had already been decided at the time, with L.A. comfortably leading by 29 points, and Griffin didn’t do anything to warrant the attack, at least on that particular possession.

The league will take a closer look, just as it does with all plays that result in an ejection. But Terry doesn’t believe he’s in line for any additional punishment.

From Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

“I just went and tried to take a foul, but it was definitely unwarranted,” Terry said. “They gave me a technical and I was out of there. I can’t let that happen so I apologize to the team for that.”

Terry, however, did not believe there would be any additional penalty from the league.

“There shouldn’t be,” Terry said. “There was nothing malicious. I didn’t throw a punch or anything like that. It wasn’t a blow to the head. I don’t this so.”

I disagree that there was “nothing malicious,” but I do agree that this doesn’t warrant a suspension.

We’ll see if the league ends up seeing it the same way.