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Dwight Howard should not have fouled out against Trail Blazers, NBA says

Apr 21, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

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As Dwight Howard and Joel Freeland battled for a rebound, a whistle blew with 10.8 seconds remaining in the Trail Blazers’ overtime win over the Rockets last night. Howard held up his arms as he looked to the referee for the call, as if he knew what was coming.

Sure enough, the official called a foul on Howard, who stomped and spun down the court in disgust.

Howard stopped to stare up at the video screen, hoping for vindication. Well, he got it – just too late for it to change the outcome of Game 1.

NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn, via a league release:

“After video review by the league office, we have determined that the officials were incorrect in assessing a foul to the Rockets’ Dwight Howard with 10.8 seconds remaining in overtime.  The foul should have been called on the Blazers’ Joel Freeland and Howard should have been awarded two free throws.”

Instead, Freeland split a pair of free throws to put Portland up two, and James Harden missed a jumper at the buzzer.

But this was not the only missed call in this game. It was just the one that occurred last. Had the game been called perfectly, maybe Howard going the line with 10.8 seconds left would not have been to win it. There are just so many variables, including this play.

I appreciate knowing the NBA believes it missed the call, but other than that, I don’t really know anything else about this game.

  1. htowntexan - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    True there are a lot of calls in a game, but giving the other team two free throws and taking away two from you with 10 seconds left in OT in a playoff game is nothing short of a disgrace. With this call, the ref single-handedly gave the game to Portland. Unbelievable.

    • antistratfordian - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      I don’t know if the ref “single-handedly gave the game to Portland” but it definitely didn’t help.

    • eureca323 - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      What about 15 seconds before Dwight fouled out when he got away with throwing Freeland to the ground to grab an offensive rebound and be fouled for 2 free throws. Freeland should have been at the line instead of Dwight then and Dwight should been fouled out.

      What is the point of singling out 1 bad call in a game of a lot of bad calls both ways?

    • kb2408 - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Dwight would’ve missed the free throws anyway. At best he “might” have made one. What caused Houston to lose more than anything was their two best players got outplayed by Portland’s two best players.

  2. hannsta - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    I could write a book on the awful reffing in this game going both ways. First half clearly favored the blazers, second half clearly favored the rockets, Where is the leagues statement on Dwight’s 5 step travel that got Lopez ejected?

  3. moseskkim - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    thats such a bad call. looks like howard gets the rebound there even though freeland was all up on him. then down 1, who knows if houston couldve pulled it out. clipper game too. cp3 gets fouled but at least give them the ball. if you go to replay of course the balls out on cp3. bad calls that pretty much messed with the possible outcomes

  4. antistratfordian - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    You know what? I’d probably prefer not to hear about something like this after a playoff game. I can deal with it in the regular season, but these mistakes mean too much in the playoffs – would only further annoy me as a fan.

  5. readysethike - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    either way, he should’ve made his damn freethrows

  6. savvybynature - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Lopez’s sixth foul was on a bogus call too, where is the league statement about that?
    The whole game was refereed terribly imo. Seemed like the refs were really going out of their way to leave their mark on the game — that’s not how the playoffs are supposed to be called.
    About the only thing they did well was not rewarding Harden’s flopping (and you saw how he performed as a result).

  7. thekingdave - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    In other news water is wet and the sun rises in the East.

    • retxedfred - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      The sun sets in the East, right?
      No! The sun sets in the West.
      That’s if you’re in the East, but we are way out West now, so we are past where the sun sets.
      You can’t be past where the sun sets, and if you think you can, then I am directly South of an idiot!
      Which is down!

  8. term3186 - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Yeah, not to mention the #1 FT shooting team in the league has ZERO FTs in the first half. Ridiculous.

  9. tipstopten - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    CPIII was fouled and it was not called, he could have tied game, Howard was fouled and could of maybe won the game,
    maybe we should check to see how much the REFS have on the game in Vegas.

  10. vi3tguy415 - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Joe Crawford just said ” whatever!”

    • progress2011 - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:25 AM

      Tim Donaghy said “DITTO”

  11. 00maltliquor - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    HOU lost due to D12’s inability to hit free throws but that was a HOOORRIBLE call that could have changed the outcome of the game in the Rockets favor.

  12. fearthehoody - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Another day, another fixed NBA game

    • progress2011 - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:29 AM

      I stopped watching the Clippers vs Warriors game after the first 8 minutes of the game. It was VERY clear from the onset, who was gonna win that game…….no need to watch 2 more hours of that!

      Instead, I earned some brownie-points by watching re-runs of Little House On the Prairie, with Wifey……hahahahahaha

  13. robertb655 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    After watching the four letters documentary on The Bad Boys, I’ve realized one thing. Today’s NBA is SOFT. In fact, they’re so SOFT that anyone over 30 remembers those days as being the best there ever was

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