abeer3 wrote:my wmc: the way howard was officiated wasn't fair. the bulk of his offensive fouls are arm clear-outs AFTER somebody has grabbed him. hopefully, the lakers have sent some tape of SA's general strategy (hit first, then flop). tiago splitter and matt bonner should have fouled out in 5 minutes each.
related note: that one foul by bonner (on the shot that howard made to tie it up in the second quarter) was a clear flagrant. you can't grab a guy with two arms, from behind, above the shoulder, and have anyone believe it's a play on the ball. it's dangerous, too.
i get why howard was laughing after a certain point: what exactly was he supposed to do out there? he tried to fight back and got whistled. his superior strength is being used against him. if a guy can grab both of his arms to keep him off the offensive boards, he should be allowed to toss said guy like a rag doll in pursuit of the rebound. just call it consistently, and howard will prevail over the spurs' weak bigs.
^^ Have to totally agree with this.
The refs better give Howard better treatment here at home.