Dwight Howard Fined $15,000 For Elbowing Matt Barnes During A Frustrating Game 4 Loss
Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets just can’t catch a break lately. The team continues to struggle against the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference semi-finals, and from the way they have been playing, you would have no idea it was the playoffs.
While he continues to take out his struggles in a variety of ways, Howard has now been fined a total of $15,000 for an aggressive hit on the verbal and physical master of aggression, Matt Barnes. It really brings out the irony when someone like Barnes is getting his opponents so fired up and mad that they are targeting him.
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle shared a clip of the hit over Twitter.
Rockets C Dwight Howard fined $15,000 for making contact above the shoulders with Matt Barnes. Here;s the play: http://t.co/cXUKRJzxUp
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) May 11, 2015
The Rockets are now down 3-1 and are facing an elimination game as they get ready to head back to Houston to host game 5. While a $15K fine might seem harsh, they are just lucky that he wasn’t suspended too, as that would have completely killed their already slim chances of winning another game in the series.
Dwight Howard, in addition to the aggressive elbow to Matt Barnes, was causing havoc on all sorts of levels during last night’s game. He also tried to fight a fan by inviting them onto the court and later threw the ball at the referee, which was his second technical of the game and resulted in his ejection.
The Houston Rockets are left with a nearly impossible task of winning 3 games in a row in order to advance, but it has been done before. The Rockets need to find some sort of rhythm soon because they have looked like a completely different team lately and the Clippers have dominated them in every area.
Dwight Howard used to be one of the best centers in the league, and while he technically still holds that title, he has been struggling greatly over the course of the series. Last night, in particular, was bad for the Rockets as a whole, but the 8-time All-Star only scored 7 points and was 1-for-6 shooting the ball.