The Houston Rockets staved off elimination Monday night, but will they have their big man for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals?
During the Rockets’ Game 4 win over the Golden State Warriors Monday night, Dwight Howard got tangled up with Warriors center Andrew Bogut early in the third quarter and hit Bogut with a backhand, sending Bogut’s head backward.
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Howard was assessed a flagrant-one foul, which allowed him to remain in the game. But will the league upgrade the foul and suspend Howard for Game 5?
The NBA has set some precedent with a similar play earlier this postseason. Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith swung back in a similar fashion and connected with Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder, who injured his knee after falling awkwardly from the hit. Smith was immediately ejected and was suspended two games.