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Howard Vows To Maintain Composure, Avoid Petty Fouls

Dwight Howard was introspective when asked about the $35,000 fine he received for his flagrant 2 foul on Kenneth Faried.

"I've got to do a better job of keeping my composure, not getting frustrated, and also remember to play for my teammates at all times and stay on the right path," he said. "I've just got to continue to play through it, whatever it is, if the calls go my way or not my way. I've just got to find ways to affect the game and not let the game affect me."

Howard now has three flagrant foul "points" under the NBA system, which assigns one point for a flagrant foul and two points if the flagrant foul is especially severe. If a player hits six flagrant-foul points, he must serve a mandatory one-game suspension.

"I've been a victim of that for a while, sucking into the calls -- me not getting calls -- so I'm frustrated and I watch other guys get calls," he said. "I can't allow it to affect me in a negative way to where I'm not playing hard and not doing what I can do and just dominate. When I allow those petty things to get to me, then it affects my teammates and we lose games."

Via Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times
 

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