NBA Suspends Dwight Howard, Quentin Richardson of Orlando Magic

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The Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard has received a one-game suspension without pay for receiving his 18th technical foul of the 2010-11 season, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

Under NBA rules, a player or coach is automatically suspended without pay for one game once he receives his 16th technical foul during a regular season. For every two additional technical fouls received during that regular season, the player or coach will be automatically suspended for an additional game.

Howard received his most recent technical foul with 3:38 remaining in the second quarter of Orlando’s 111-102 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday, April 6, at Time Warner Cable Arena. Howard will serve his suspension Sunday, April 10 when the Magic host the Chicago Bulls at Amway Center.

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Magic’s Dwight Howard Still in NBA MVP Conversation

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Even though most members of the media have chalked the Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose up as the MVP of the NBA this season Dwight Howard’s head coach and teammates beg to differ.

And, if you’re going to be open to having a discussion on the topic, it’s not hard to see their argument.

Howard currently ranks in the top 10 in rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage. If he finishes in the top 1o in scoring (he’s currently tied for tenth) he would become just the tenth player in NBA history  to finish in the top 10 in each of those categories. Pretty heady company since only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, Bob McAdoo, David Robinson, Bob Lanier, Artis Gilmore, Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon have accomplished this feat.
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