Earlier, we noted that Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard was suspended for one game by the NBA for tossing the ball into the stands after he was whistled for a violation for taking too long to shoot a free throw during a Wednesday night game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Howard's technical was a foolish play, but it wasn't even close to the dumbest thing a member of the Magic did during that game.
During the fourth quarter, Magic wing Quentin Richardson was physically defending Bobcats wing Gerald Henderson, bumping him before and after a down screen and getting into his body on the perimeter. Henderson took exception to the contact and after a foul was called on the play Henderson and Richardson jawed at each other. Henderson then swiped at Richardson with his forearm, only provoking Richardson further, who responded by using both of his hands to shove Henderson in the face, knocking him backwards and stunning him momentarily.
The NBA announced on Thursday that Richardson will be suspended for two games for the shove to the face and docked his salaries for those games.
Quentin Richardson of the Orlando Magic has been suspended two games without pay for shoving Gerald Henderson of the Charlotte Bobcats in the face, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
The incident occurred with 8:30 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Magic’s 111-102 victory over the Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena on April 6. Richardson will serve his suspension on Sunday, April 10 when the Magic host the Chicago Bulls at Amway Center, and on Monday, April 11 when the Magic play the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center.Here's video of the sequence in which Howard was ejected courtesy of YouTube user mikegutierrezmonst. Richardson's shove happens around the 1:20 mark.
This was one of the more pointless altercations you'll ever see. What was Richardson trying to prove? Who knows. What was riding on this game? Nothing. Why bother with Gerald Henderson? I have absolutely no idea. Is there a message to be sent? Certainly not by the Magic, who will spend the next month getting pushed around.
The Bulls will now have the luxury of facing the Magic without both Howard and Richardson on Sunday. If Chicago doesn't have the Eastern Conference wrapped up by Sunday, those absences could prove decisive.