The NBA has fined the superstar center for his flagrant foul which came early on in the third quarter meaning he missed most of the second half.
The former Orlando Magic star was ejected with 5:02 left in the third quarter when his foul was deemed a flagrant foul 2 which is debatable. Officials deemed it to be one when he stuck his hand in the face of Faried when he drove in to the lane. Despite going down to the floor, Faried managed to get up and play the rest of the game.
Howard admits it was a bad foul after seeing replays following his ejection but still remains adamant that it did not merit kicking him out of the game.
“I was surprised it was a flagrant 2,” he said.
“My intention was never to hurt Faried. I like the young fellow and my intention was just to foul. I come down the lane, somebody is going to foul me hard, put me on the free-throw line and make me shoot free throws. It was the same kind of thing.”
Faried said he thought Howard might have been frustrated and also sensed his determined drive to the basket.
“He saw my eyes. I wasn’t going to back down. I wasn’t going to try to float it,” Faried said.
“I was going to try to dunk on him. He saw it. That’s why he put his hand directly in my face.”