A clearly frustrated Dwight Howard talks with the media following Atlanta’s disappointing effort against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.
“It’s not about them, it’s about us,” Howard replied when asked about Portland’s start. “Terrible. Terrible game. We need to get it together or we are going to be going home early.”
Howard was also stung by a physical taunting technical foul that was issued against him he appeared to fling his arms in the direction of Portland center Jusuf Nurkic.
“I just think it was B.S. to be honest with you,” Howard said. “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, how 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 like that.”
Howard has 12 technical fouls so far this season. A player is automatically suspended once he reaches 16. The count resets in the playoffs.
“He said ‘If you would have hit him in the face than it would have been some more.’ I said ‘I didn’t hit him in the face.’ It didn’t make sense to me. He did a good job of acting it out. He should find a way to make it to Hollywood. Or they are doing films in Atlanta now. He can find a good film right here and do some acting.”
Howard has four flagrant foul points on the season. If he receives another flagrant 2 foul before the end of the regular season, then he will be subjected to a one-game suspension.
“It’s always frustrating. If I’m on one end and somebody hacks me and they say it’s a regular foul. I come on the other end and I barely hit somebody and it’s reviewed and looked at like I was trying to hurt someone out there on the floor. It is frustrating and you can’t use the excuse that you are bigger than everybody. Guys are taller than me. That’s just an excuse and it’s got to stop at some point.”