Next to the Bulls/Celtics series (which is just insanely entertaining), the Sixers/Magic series has been the second best series. Three of the five games have been won in the last seconds and now the teams officially don’t like one another. That’s the way it should be. On Tuesday night the Magic beat the Sixers 91-78 to take a 3-2 lead in the series. All the talk after the game is about Dwight Howard’s elbow to the head of Sixers center Samuel Dalembert. The video is below and you will see how dangerous and dirty a play it was. If it was the other way around, Dalembert would be suspended. I seriously doubt David Stern and Stu Jackson will suspend him. Now if a player comes off the bench during a fight, that’s a completely different story of course.
(Update: I’m pleasantly surprised. Dwight Howard has been suspended for Game 6.)
Sixers GM Ed Stefanski was on WIP in Philly on Wednesday morning following the night game and was not happy.
“The rule is obvious. I contacted the league immediately after the play. You got to think about this…Dwight Howard is seven foot. Now if it was a 6’3″, 6’4″ guy that he elbowed you could maybe say something was inadvertant, but this is a 7 footer in Samuel and to basically go to his head with his elbow…to me there’s no difference than a punch. The rule states clearly if there’s an elbow thrown to the head and there’s contact then the player should be ejected. The officials said that they didn’t see contact and that’s why they gave him a technical foul instead of an ejection.”
Do you believe Dwight Howard will be suspended for game 6?
“I have no idea what the league will do, but to me the rule is black and white, it’s clear. What I saw was clear, I felt an elbow above the shoulders made contact on someone’s head and it wasn’t part of the play.”
Tony DiLeo thinks Dwight Howard is living in the 3 second lane on both offense and defense:
“Well, let me say this about Dwight Howard and I don’t use these two names lightly…Dwight Howard has a little Bill Russell and a little of my idol, Wilt in him. This guy is a terrific, terrific basketball player. I cringe when I think he’s 23 years old. This guy is a superstar. Now having said that, he lurks in the lane and we can’t get to the basket and there’s been no three second violation. You know maybe he is that good that he’s outside the lane and he gets back in that quickly. He’s been parking in there so I think it’s good that Tony said he’s good enough we can’t give him anything extra.”