Dwight Howard Ejected vs. Raptors After Second Technical Foul

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2013

Dwight Howard's day was cut short, as he was ejected before halftime in Sunday's game between the host Toronto Raptors and the Los Angeles Lakers. 

TWC SportsNet's sideline reporter Mike Trudell tweeted the news: 

Howard basically got ejected for locking arms with Alan Anderson at the foul line, and complaining early about no calls. That's tough.

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 20, 2013

As you can tell by Trudell's tweet, Howard's antics were not over the top and were the kind that oftentimes get overlooked during the course of an NBA game. It has been one of those years for Howard, and for his new team. 

The Lakers (17-23) could have used Howard in the second half as they tried to battle back from an early deficit. Howard was ejected not long before halftime. The Lakers trailed at the half, 53-49, and wound up losing, 108-103. This was the Lakers' second straight loss and fifth straight on the road. 

However, the Lakers were not getting much from Dwight in the first place in this game.

Howard played 17 minutes before his ejection and tallied just five points, two rebounds and a block. Without Howard, the Lakers lost the battle on the board, 40-37.  

Obviously, Howard felt that not getting calls was part of the reason he was not performing at a higher level. 

Howard's poor start to this game was not out of the norm for the Lakers. The entire team started slowly, as it faced a double-digit deficit just minutes into this oddly scheduled game. This contest started at 1 p.m. in Toronto. That is 10 a.m. in Lakers time. 

That is a huge switch for players whose bodies have grown accustomed to playing at 7 p.m.

Maybe Dwight is always grumpy when he wakes up.