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Dwight Howard ejected for flagrant-two foul on Kenneth Faried (VIDEO)

Dec 26, 2012, 11:15 PM EST

With just over five minutes remaining in the third quarter in Wednesday’s game between the Lakers and the Nuggets, Kenneth Faried received a pass from Ty Lawson on a screen and roll play, and went down the lane in an attempt to score.

Dwight Howard was there waiting for him, and opted for the hard foul on Faried rather than playing legitimate defense, or attempting to get in position to block the shot.

The problem for Howard was, he went straight for Faried’s face instead of making a play on the ball, and that’s where the contact was made that sent the Nuggets’ most active big man crashing to the floor.

The play was reviewed by the officials, and they determined it was a category two flagrant foul, one that comes with it an automatic ejection.

Faried was giving the Lakers fits, and had 19 points and 13 rebounds — eight offensive — in his first 26 minutes of action.

Howard may have been trying to put a stop to that, but the method he chose was a poor one, and now he’ll await word from the league offense to see if additional penalties will be assessed for his actions in the form of a fine or suspension.

  1. fruitcovejag - Dec 26, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Dwight Coward strikes again. KG will put him in his place in a few weeks.

    • mytthor - Dec 27, 2012 at 12:06 AM

      Yeah, hard fouls…the well known mark of a coward.

      KG? KG is the most fake tough guy in the game.

  2. dannymac17 - Dec 26, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    You basically cost your team a loss.

    Not sure why he did this, its this 3rd quarter and you do this?

    • denverhoopdreams - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      Honestly don’t think they would have won still… Just me though. The Nuggets were outworking the Lakers bigs all night. Howard couldn’t keep up and that’s why he fouled.

      • tfoz5150 - Dec 28, 2012 at 1:47 AM

        The guy is not the real deal. Sorry Laker fans. I ‘d be happy to give you Bynum back, though.

    • dedalus13 - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      bah Gallinari was just on fire, don’t think that dwight might have prevented that…

  3. mahhelo - Dec 26, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    It was only a matter of time. The game was poorly officiated. Very one sided in favor of Denver. You can’t knock a ref on his ass, so you do so to a player. Howard needs to show more composure but he is only human. Unlike Faried, who I swear must be an Avatar. Denver had three players play the game of their lives. They deserved the win.

  4. manchestermiracle - Dec 26, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    One step up and two steps back. The Lakers need to get it figured out pretty quickly before they run out of season.

  5. glink123 - Dec 27, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    defensive player of the year should be good enough to defend without bush league antics like this. speaks volumes about his character.

    • badintent - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:27 AM

      Character ? What character ? His cheap shot foul on Melo got no tech, but got Melo a bad ankle, could have been a knee and out for a month. I was hoping Chandler would do the same to Kobe, but you, I and Tyson know the refs always look harder at the payback foul.(suspension would hurt with Sheed and Camby out).I think Howard will meet up with Perkins for some dancing soon.

  6. theawesomersfranchise - Dec 27, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    So who is going to be desperate enough to pay Howard what he wants next season?

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 27, 2012 at 5:27 AM

      Anyone with cap room….that’s who.

      • rancidpunx19 - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:16 PM

        I hope the Lakers won’t

  7. losanginsight - Dec 27, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    The NBA is fixed. There is an agenda. Who else saw Smith’s harder foul on Goran without getting kicked out and Lebrons 1 foul in 5 games streak Stern is going out with a bang.

    • saint1997 - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:36 AM

      answer me this, why would Stern rig the league in favour of a top 3 big market team? that is ridiculous, think about what you write before posting it mate

  8. mnviking1fan - Dec 27, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Wait. A Los Angeles Lakers fan saying the NBA is fixed…

    • saint1997 - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:37 AM

      i know right. It’s unbelievable. There is just this selective Stern outrage machine for Laker fans. Why would they rig it in favour of Faried over Howard? Nuts

    • henryd3rd - Dec 27, 2012 at 7:40 AM

      I’m shocked to hear someone make such an outrageous comment. The cynicism that appears in these post are unnerving. Next you’re going to want me to believe that commissioner King David Sterns in involved may be involved as well.

    • dannymac17 - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      Once he puts on his tinfoil hat, all bets are off.

  9. dirtydavis - Dec 27, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    That was not a flagrant 2

    • denverhoopdreams - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      You’re blind.

  10. hoodheisman - Dec 27, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    That’s one of those…. “it looks worse than it really was”. Howard did the exact same thing earlier in the quarter, but put his hand into the chest of the player after the ball was released on the earlier play. I’m not convinced either was malicious. It just looks like a guy who isn’t completely in shape using his hands instead of his feet to play defense when he’s tired.

    • amlowlife - Dec 27, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      Uh, let’s see, would you rather have a smack to the head or a hand in the chest? They are not the same thing, my man. Faried was all over Howard, taking rebounds from him right and left and throwing up shots and put-backs. He was frustrated and went for the head. Flagrant II, baby!

      • denverhoopdreams - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        Agree with amlowlife completely. Once again I have to ask someone in the same comment thread, are you blind hoodheisman?

  11. uscthom78 - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    Nuggets need to bring Raja Bell to Denver pronto.

  12. drunkenjunk - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    that didn’t warrant an ejection. the association continues to get softer.

  13. fruitcovejag - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    He sure did punk Dwight in the ECFs a few years back. KG pushed, slapped, and hacked Dwight and he took it with a smile on his face. Kobe will eventually toughen Dwight up if he has enough years with him. Until then, he can’t lead. Soft

  14. badintent - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Faried is boarding monster ,like Kris Humphries was before he met Kim.

  15. mazblast - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Wait, wasn’t it one of the reasons the Lakers wanted Howard that they no longer wanted to put up with immature acts of pure aggression from Bynum (2011 vs. Dallas)?

    OTOH, that lead ref is probably going to get a talking to by one of Little Caesar’s minions today. How dare he eject a LAKER?

  16. dko83 - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    Stay classy Dwight! I understand your frustration. You got outplayed by a 6’8, 23 year old.. Way to take the Bynum/Barea approach!

  17. socal9er - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    Lakers suck…

  18. delius1967 - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:39 AM

    Huh, I thought Bynum had been traded away. Now it appears he just changed jerseys.

  19. beelza - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:46 AM

    Hey, look here, Now thats what I’m talkin’ ’bout Jack! Lakers were being abused in the paint, by every team all season long. Points in the paint were way to easy against LAL. Now, if the Lakers really want to claw their way back, other teams need to be put on notice. Take the loss, it’s ONE game, not bending over in the paint anymore will last the season. Great foul, now LAL get back whatever remaining swag yall gots lef. No more free _ussy points in the paint.

    • lmoneyfresh - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      Just stop please.

    • denverhoopdreams - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      I didn’t know that they had invented the internet in the ghetto yet.

  20. tsi431 - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    With all the billions the NBA makes. Why can’t we get a decent camera angle of this, or J.R. Smiths flagrant foul? Terrible angles.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 27, 2012 at 7:15 AM

      turible referees too.

    • denverhoopdreams - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      I was at the game sitting in section 144. Had a perfect view from Howard’s back. His hand pushed into Faried’s face. Flagrant 2. Simple as that.

  21. 1historian - Dec 27, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    To me the solution to this is easy – meet the guy AFTER the game, dole out some quick justice and promise more if it becomes necessary. The guy is a thug

    • beelza - Dec 27, 2012 at 8:34 AM

      Even Easier. The best way to stop Suh’s dirty play is to obliterate Stafford. Send a clear message to Dwight, obliterate Pau. Pretty simple.

  22. BigBeachBall - Dec 27, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    When the guards start playing a little D, then dwight will play 48 minutes again….

    • beelza - Dec 27, 2012 at 8:37 AM

      Lakers guards will play D, when Dwight goes 75% from the charity stripe.

      • badintent - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:11 PM

        When Pigs will fly !

  23. rodyaugu - Dec 27, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    That was a childish message to the lakers and kobe. He was trying to tell them that he’s not happy with kobe taking all the shots, while he’s only taking 11 to 12 shots a game. The guy was a top 4 player in the nba back in Orlando, now with kobe hogging the ball and taking all the shots, he’s not even producing at top 10 level. I guess Bynum was right when he claimed Kobe impeded his development when he was with the lakers.

  24. omniusprime - Dec 27, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    This is all Dumbtoni’s fault because he is too stupid to know how to defense anyone in the league like some unknown like Faried. Had Dumbtoni put together a better defensive scheme to handle Faried Howard never would have been so frustrated as to give out a flagrant foul, though it sure doesn’t look like a flagrant-2 foul.

    This is all the fault of that little idiot buss boy not being smart enough to bring back Phil Jackson when he had the perfect opportunity. We had one totally pathetic coach replaced by another pathetic excuse for an NBA coach. Dumbtoni just isn’t intelligent enough to know how to coach this Laker’s team. He’s into small ball and the Lakers aren’t a small ball team. Instead of brining his losing offensive schemes to the team and forcing the players to try to adapt to them he should have figured out the players and created an offensive scheme that matches the players abilities.

    This frustration foul wasn’t Howard’s fault, it was Dumbtoni’s. Plus the refs overreacted to a hard foul on sissy Faried.

    Fire Dumbtoni!!! We Want Phil!!! Go Howard!!!

    • metalhead65 - Dec 27, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      this the perfect lakers season so far. I want them to win just enough to make the playoff and not to be in the lottery mix where you know they would end up with first pick. plus it is so much fun to listen their obnoxious fans cry all the time.

      • badintent - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        Love your post.”The Perfect LA Storm”…………. starring Jack Nicholson at court side and Diane Cannon and her droopy breasts. Get the lift op , Diane ! Cameo by any rapper( littlehead Wayne) or boxer( Floyd ) just out of jail.with the usual hoe suspects.

    • denverhoopdreams - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      Sissy Faried? He outworked everyone on your team last night, especially your soft big men. You’re one of those Lakers fans that gives the fans of the team a bad image. How do you feel about that?

  25. bucs24 - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Lakers need help trade Pau,Dwight won’t resign with the Lakers.

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