The NBA worked quickly in jumping to Dwight Howard’s defense after the Hawks center was ejected in Monday night’s 114-98 win against the Celtics.
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Howard was ejected late in the third quarter after receiving his second technical foul, for taunting, after hanging on the rim following a massive dunk. The NBA said later Monday night that the play should have been ruled non-unsportsmanlike and thus not have counted toward an automatic ejection.
Howard finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds in 28 minutes of action.
Despite me getting kicked out, I think guys really stepped up and played great; it was a good team win, Howard said, via ESPN.com. I apologized to the guys and told them I need to do a better job of keeping my composure and some other things, and they understood.
Thornwell entered the NCAA Tournament just outside of the top 50 on the Sporting News Big Board. It would be fair to move him into that range now, though, after he led South Carolina to its first ever Sweet 16.
At 6-5 with long arms and an NBA-ready frame, Thornwell won the SEC Player of the Year award this year and was something of an underrated statistical darling that went unnoticed due to South Carolina’s pace of play deflating his numbers. Thornwell is currently ninth in the KenPom player of the year algorithm, posting impressive metrics across the board. He does this along with being All-SEC caliber defensive player, too.
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