Dwight Howard suspended one game after foul switcheroo

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Dwight Howard got a technical foul for this:

 

 

But not a flagrant foul for this:

 

 

Either would have resulted in a one-game suspension for the Rockets center, so it doesn’t matter much which stood as long as one did.

And one did – not the one originally called.

NBA release:

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has been suspended one game without pay for collecting his fourth Flagrant Foul point of the 2015 NBA postseason, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations.

The incident, which was upgraded from a common foul to a Flagrant Foul 1 upon league office review, occurred when Howard made unnecessary contact with his forearm to the neck area of Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala with 3:35 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 104-90 win over the Rockets on May 27 at Oracle Arena.

Howard will serve his suspension in the first game of the 2015-16 NBA regular season for which he is eligible and physically able to play.

In addition, Howard and the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut each had their technical fouls, assessed with 3:19 remaining in the second quarter of the same game, rescinded upon league office review.

The NBA got this right… eventually, and Howard was available for all of Houston’s final playoff game. That’s a win-win from the league’s perspective.