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Thursday, April 7, 2011
Painful routine for the Magic

By Henry Abbott

Dwight Howard takes a hell of a long time to shoot free throws. You're only supposed to take ten seconds, but as we started talking about in November, the Magic center likes to take far longer.

Last night, that led to trouble. From news services:
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard is poised to serve another one-game suspension after picking up his NBA-high 18th technical foul of the season during the second quarter of a 111-102 win Wednesday.

The reason was a rare 10-second violation on a free throw attempt.

The poor-shooting Howard has always been deliberate at the line, and referee Bennett Salvatore called a violation for taking too long to attempt his second shot late in the second quarter Wednesday at Charlotte.

As the crowd jeered, Howard tossed the ball away from any official. Salvatore immediately gave Howard a technical.

"I don't see a lot of people getting called for it," Howard said after the game. "I was really upset about it."

If the call is upheld by the league, Howard will sit out Sunday's nationally televised game against East-leading Chicago.

That'll teach him, right! Not only a violation, but a technical -- for a guy who needs to avoid those like the plague -- on top of that!

Surely he'll be faster now.

Here's the amazing thing: That same routine has happened before. TrueHoop reader Michael reminds of Christmas Day, against the Celtics, Howard got his tenth technical the exact same way -- a ten-second violation followed by a ball thrown in disgust, and a technical.

Click that link to watch it ... it's fascinating because the Christmas game featured something extra (on an earlier play, but still): Paul Pierce using his fingers to count off the seconds to the referees.

Gerald Henderson did the same thing last night.

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