After what was a blatant elbow and a bullshit game 5 thanks to the referee’s and their love for the home team Magic, the NBA has finally handed down the correct punishment in the form of a Game 6 suspension for Magic center Dwight Howard. Early in the game while tangled with Slammin’ Sammy Dalembert, Dwight became a little unruly and swung a vicious right elbow connecting with the back of Sammy’s noggin.
The refs at the time called a technical, meaning that they did indeed see the play, but decided not to call the required flagrant foul and ejection from the game for any contact above the shoulders. This is what the rulebook says (bolded):
k. A technical foul, unsportsmanlike act or flagrant foul must be called for a participant to be ejected. A player, coach or trainer may be ejected for:
(1) An elbow foul which makes contact shoulder level or below
(2) Any unsportsmanlike conduct where a technical foul is assessed
(3) A flagrant foul where unnecessary and/or excessive contact occurs
EXCEPTION: Rule 12A–Section V–l(5)
l. A player, coach or trainer must be ejected for:
(1) A punching foul
(2) A fighting foul
(3) An elbow foul which makes contact above shoulder level
Pretty happy the league stepped in here and made the correct call. I’m almost certain the Sixers would have won Game 5 had Dwight Howard been ejected early on. Magic swingman Courtney Lee will also be out for Game 6 after receiving another bow from his own teammate Dwight Howard later in the game.
Damn Dwight, keep dem bows to yourself homie.
Tonight YOUUUUUUR Philadelphia 76ers look to come back to the Wachovia Center on Friday with a 2-0 series lead.
Can they do it?
Will they do it?
Dwight Howard will be in the line up tonight even with his blurry eye suffered in game 1, and don’t expect him to miss 10-12 minutes like game 1 when the Sixers went on their run to cut the 18 point deficit into a 2 point deficit.
Look for the Magic to play Howard 40 plus minutes, play determined basketball and unfortunately for our Sixers coast to an easy game two victory and tying the series 1-1.
Claude Giroux put on a show Sunday as the young rising star totally redeemed himself after taking a bad penalty at the end of Game 2 which really cost the Flyguys Friday night.
Jeff Carter opened the scoring fest for the Flyers early Sunday with a beautiful sweeping backhand shot 3 minutes into the game, and Richards made it two goals on two shots for the Flyers two minutes later.
Pittsburgh battled back and tied the game up early in the 2nd period off the stick of Evgeni Malkin, who landed his second goal of the game. The first came with 10 seconds left in the first period on a savvy play by Maxim Talbot to center to the puck to a streaking Malkin for the one timer.
With the crowd silenced after the equalizer, the Flyers roared back on the heels of the rookie Giroux. Danny Briere stole a rebound off Marc-Andre Fleury’s pad and fed it across the ice to a streaking Giroux, who punched in the puck for a 3-2 lead. Playing short-handed midway though the second, Giroux controlled the puck behind the net. The Penguins defense swarmed him, but the former first-round pick was able to fend off Kris Letang and slip the puck to Gagne. Gagne scored the short-handed goal to make it 4-2 and the Flyers never looked back going on to win 6-3.
With the win the Flyers closed the gap making the series 2 games to 1 in favor of the Pens. Game 4 is back at the Wach Tuesday night with the puck set to drop at 7:00 pm.
An amazing comeback, injecting faith into a city, and a superstar FINALLY starts taking steps in full realizing that expectation. The Sixers came back from an 18 point second half deficit to literally steal game one from the Orlando Magic Sunday night in Orlando.
Andre Iguoladala, who has never been fully accepted as the true superstar status that was projected on him when the other A.I left and he signed the big money contract, finally had his defining moment as the Sixers number one man, hit the game-winning fade away jumper with 2.2 seconds to go, a mere minute after Iggy missed two clutch free throws that would’ve then given the Sixers they’re first lead of the second half, as well as adding more fuel to the fire of doubt that Sixers fans have had since Iggy signed the big money contract.
“We discuss this all the time: We think Andre is a very, very good basketball player, knocking at the door of the All-Star Game,” general manager Ed Stefanski said. “I don’t think the people have embraced him as that kind of player.”
A.I and the Sixers get back to action Wednesday night at 7pm in Orlando for game 2 of the best of seven series.
Oh and in case you happened to miss the final few minutes, Youtube always has us covered, enjoy.