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Dwight Howard reportedly cited during traffic incident before Game 6 loss

Dwight Howard had a rough night on the eve of Atlanta’s season-ending loss.

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Dwight Howard has been a big-time topic of conversation for the Atlanta Hawks since the moment he signed more than 10 months ago. That seemingly came to a crescendo during the 2017 NBA Playoffs, when Howard was absent in multiple fourth quarters, and the former All-Star big man was visibly frustrated during his exit interview on the day after the playoff run ended.

Now, we have additional details on an event that took place just prior to the season-ending loss in Game 6 as Mitchell Northam of the AJC brings word that Howard was pulled over in his car and ticketed under odd circumstances.

At 2:06 a.m. that morning an officer saw a blue car speeding on westbound I-285 near Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. The car, traveling at 95 mph in a 65 mph zone, was being followed by a black SUV, police said. It was later discovered by police that the SUV was driven by Howard’s security guard.

The officer pulled the car – a 2016 Audi Rs7 – over on I-285 at Ashford-Dunwoody Road, police said.

Speeding to that degree is never a good (read: safe) thing but the bizarre part of the story comes in that Howard was apparently driving without insurance and registration.

After the officer ran Howard’s driver license and tag number through the National Crime Information Center, the car came up as having a suspended registration with no insurance, police said. When the officer told Howard what he found, Howard seemed “confused” and insisted that he had insurance, but couldn’t provide an insurance card when police asked for it.

The officer wrote Howard a ticket for his lack of insurance and then gave the 6-foot-11 center a verbal warning for speeding and suspended registration. Brown and Brown Towing towed the vehicle, police said.

Just hours later, Howard was in the lineup for Game 6 and a tough loss at home. In the grand scheme, the veteran big man got off easily for driving 30 miles per hour faster than the stated speed limit but the whole incident was just strange.

This, in and of itself, won’t affect anything that transpires with regard to his contract and future with the Hawks. With that said, it will provide fuel to the fire for those clamoring for Atlanta to move away from him as a centerpiece of the squad moving forward and it was seemingly an easy issue to avoid.