Howard’s threw a vicious elbow that connected with Dalembert’s head in the 1st quarter of game 5 but was not ejected. Why? All three refs failed to see if the elbow landed, so a technical foul was assessed instead of an ejection.
This move would have been acceptable in a wrestling ring and was more reminiscent of Dusty Rhodes than a NBA center.
Stu Jackson, the NBA’s executive vice-president of basketball operations, reviewed the play and doled out a suspension. According to Jackson, any elbows that make contact above the shoulders result in an automatic suspension.
Not only did Howard hit Dalembert with a right elbow, but also sent teammate Courtney Lee to the showers with an accidental elbow to the nose after a shot block in the 1st half of game 5. Lee suffered a fractured sinus and will miss game 6 also.
For once the league office got a call right, but before I shower them with praise I have to mention the Celtics Rajon Rondo. Rondo clobbered Bulls center Brad Miller in the face in game 5’s overtime period on Tuesday night. Rondo did not go for the ball. If he was trying to, he missed badly. No flagrant foul was called nor was a suspension handed out. This is a clear example of practicing a double standard. Little guys always get more wiggle room than the bigs. How do I know? Rondo is suiting up in game 6 and Howard is not.