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.
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.
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