Originally Posted by Floppy
Howard would have to start a fight every game.
I think the Dwight Howard comparison helps illustrate the difference between a hard foul and a dangerous foul. I won't doubt Dwight Howard has been fouled dangerously as well but typically, the hard fouls committed against D12 occur as he's bruising beneath the basket. A lot of those fouls may be excessive but I wouldn't call them by and large dangerous.
Blake Griffin also absorbs hard fouls beneath the basket, though I'm not sure at the same clip as Howard. I do not have an issue with those fouls. The issue comes most often when Griffin is in the open floor and jumping off the run. It's at this point, in my humblest of opinions, when a lot of fouls stop being hard, and start being dangerous.
Whereas a lot of Howard's fouls are taken while he's relatively stationary and jumping straight up off two feet, I've already seen numerous cases this season where Griffin has been grabbed, pushed or clipped as he attempted to jump off the run. As could be seen by the Andrew Bogut/Amar'e Stoudemire incident from last season, it doesn't take a whole lot to create a catastrophe when a defender does not make a play on the ball during a high speed move to the rim.
Blake Griffin has not been seriously injured from a foul to this point and hopefully he never is. Last night's defensive play is not indicative of the fouls committed against him throughout the season. I'm speaking toward previous incidents.
My feeling is, if a defensive player is not in position to make a play on the ball during a fast break, they should not resort to any slight pushing or grabbing. Even unintentionally, heavy damage can be caused to a high speed, airborne player.