Howard Suspended

Dwight Howard was hit with a technical foul by referee Joe Crawford after elbowing Samuel Dalembert in Game 5 on Wednesday. Howard was suspended for Game 6 by the NBA today. (John Raoux/AP)

The Orlando Magic will be without Dwight Howard for tomorrow night’s Game 6 at the Wachovia Center. The NBA just announced a one-game suspension for the elbow Howard delivered in the first quarter of last night’s Orlando victory.

The incident occurred a few minutes into the first quarter when Howard, tangled with Sixers center Samuel Dalembert, elbowed Dalembert as the two were separating. Last night, Howard was only hit with a technical foul for the incident, but immediately after the game Sixers coach Tony DiLeo said the team had already contacted the NBA about further action.

Today at Sixers practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, most of the Sixers said the politically correct thing that they had “no comment” and, at this point, the matter was “in the NBA’s hands.”
The only player to say how he felt was Dalembert, who said that if he had delivered the elbow, he would probably be shipped back to his native Haiti already. Dalembert said his “blood was boiling” about the incident.
Orlando will also be without starting guard Courtney Lee, who suffered a fractured sinus in the first quarter of last night’s game. Lee, who was (this time inadvertently) also elbowed by Howard did not return to last night’s game and his status for any further games remains unclear.