This came down earlier today from the NBA:
THE NBA SAYS THE CALL THAT RESULTED IN HOUSTON'S DWIGHT HOWARD FOULING OUT SUNDAY WAS INCORRECT. INSTEAD, THE ALL-STAR CENTER SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED TWO FREE THROWS THAT COULD HAVE GIVEN THE ROCKETS THE LEAD.
HOWARD WAS CALLED FOR HIS SIXTH FOUL WITH 10.8 SECONDS LEFT IN OVERTIME WHILE TRYING TO GET THE REBOUND OF JAMES HARDEN'S MISSED 3-POINTER. PORTLAND'S JOEL FREELAND MADE ONE FREE THROW, THE FINAL POINT IN THE TRAIL BLAZERS' 122-120 VICTORY. BUT REPLAY SHOWED FREELAND WITH AN ARM AROUND HOWARD'S BACK HOLDING HIM. NBA PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS ROD THORN SAYS IN A STATEMENT MONDAY THE FOUL SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON FREELAND.
So, the call on Howard was bad, but the call against Robin Lopez that sent him out of the game was OK? Or calling Lopez for a foul after getting elbowed in the gut by Howard?
The league needs to look long and hard at the quality of its officiating. I understand the occasional blown call- we're all human- but when refs are dispensing terrible call after terrible call to both sides, it makes games frustrating to watch and leaves fans angry and bitter when their team loses.
Sort it out NBA.
Oh, and fire this guy.