Dwight Howard is clearly frustrated. The Hawks center was assessed a technical foul in the third quarter after game officials reviewed contact between him and Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic. Referee Marc Davis questioned whether there was a “hostile act” when Howard’s arm went behind him after he followed a shot attempt in close to the basket. Nurkic fell to the ground. Davis ruled a technical foul citing Howard “flailed” his arm and made contact in a “physical taunt.”
On the technical foul: “I just think it was B.S. to be honest with you. I can’t sit up here and sugarcoat it. Player taunting. Me hitting someone in the chest. It shouldn’t be even reviewed. It should be going down on the next play and getting ready to play defense. Instead it was reviewed and said that I hit him in the face. You go look at the replay and it’s nowhere near his face. I don’t like it. Everybody should be treated the same way on the floor. No matter how strong you are, big you are, small you are, whatever it is. It’s NBA. It’s no boys allowed. We are all grown men out there. You have to be able to play out there.”
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A technical foul called on Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins during a loss Wednesday in Miami has been rescinded by the NBA, according to league sources. The technical would have marked Cousins’ 19th of the season, putting him one away from an automatic one-game suspension.
Will more referees be merrier? The NBA head coach is actually defending NBA referees. Really. “I wish they would do away with the Two Minute report,” the coach texted. “It’s useless and only creates (ticked) off coaches when they say ‘yes, that should have been a foul.’ There’s no way to correct it, so why throw the officials under the bus?”
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, the president of the National Basketball Coaches’ Association, says he uses the app after every game. “Very valuable,” Carlisle said via text Saturday. “Constant feedback in essentially real time throughout the season keeps everyone current.” New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry agreed. “I have used it,” he said, “and it’s good to be able to send in comments about the game so quickly.”