On top of the Los Angeles Lakers playing hurt and not quite at full strength last night, they had to play the entire second half without Dwight Howard. Howard was ejected in the second quarter after he picked up his second technical foul.
According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, Howard's technicals came from what seemed to be arguing calls. Howard felt the referees had a quick trigger and should have at least explained the reasoning for the technicals better. Howard picked up his first technical in the first quarter while begging that a foul be called. He picked up his second technical in the second quarter when a double technical was called on him and the Toronto Raptors' Alan Anderson.
"They didn't explain," Howard said when asked why he picked up the second technical foul. "I didn't do anything to get ejected."Howard isn't alone in thinking the technicals should not have been called. The Lakers will likely petition the league to have the calls rescinded. The move will not help the fact that Howard was tossed in last night's game, but will keep him from inching closer to the league's mandatory suspension for 13 technical fouls.
Howard has averaged 17.3 points and 12.4 rebounds per game this season. His numbers are slightly down since coming over from Orlando. In his career, Howard has averaged 18.4 points per game and 13.0 rebounds per game.