Taking a trip back in time, the NBA has given David Lee of the Golden State Warriors a flagrant foul for the elbow he threw hitting Dwight Howard. The elbow resulted in Howard getting stitches, and he was none too happy about it. During the game, a flagrant foul was not called, but the NBA reviewed things and decided to assess the could retroactively.
David Lee's elbow that led to three stitches in Dwight's mouth has resulted in NBA assessing retroactive flagrant-1 on Lee.
— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) March 28, 2013
Howard received three stitches for the foul, and Lee now has another flagrant to add to this season. The reason a retroactive flagrant foul is so important is because of the NBA's limit for flagrant fouls. Too many, and you get suspended. It's a way of policing the intentional fouls on the court outside of just game fouls.
As for Lee, he wasn't even called for anything during the game. Howard was. And Howard ended up with a technical because he made sure to jaw with Lee and the referees. Thank goodness for video replay, huh? Too bad, they can't review things quickly enough in-game to allow for replay on foul calls…too much?