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  1. May 19, 2010 at 3:15 pm | | Reply

    I had the same question while watching the game. The initial hit wasn’t too bad and looked incidental, but raking his hand across Pierce’s face was uncalled for and in my eyes in the moment clearly deserved an ejection.

    After the game, Piece mentioned the Howard foul and said it was a clean foul, just a regular playoff foul, but from my perspective it was clear that Howard saw he was going to hit Pierce and decided to add injury to insult.

    We won, Pierce played tough, so I don’t care now but at the time was furious. If that was Kobe or Lebron, or if it wasn’t Howard, that would’ve been an ejection.

  2. Yemi
    May 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm | | Reply

    I think it was less about the foul and more about his demeanor during and after the foul. If you noticed, Dwight made contact with Paul and knocked him to the ground and looked normal as hell doing so. Also he never really got mad or taunt Paul. In fact he didnt even look at Paul when after he hit him. I’m just happy that Paul wasnt got hit with a hand and not an elbow. We saw what kind of damage Tim Duncan’s elbow can cause, I wouldn’t want to see the result of one from Dwight.

    1. May 21, 2010 at 10:17 am | | Reply

      I dunno Yemi, when I saw the play it looked like Howard knew his arm was in Pierce’s face and figured ‘already getting the foul, might as well rake his face with my hand’.

      He didn’t get hurt, it’s the playoffs, not a big deal now, but if it was the regular season I could see him getting ejected or getting a suspension afterwards.

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