Though there are no major rule changes this season NBA referees have been ordered to make more foul calls that will allow for an increased offensive freedom for its players. This new move is an attempt to curb the NBA’s continuous scoring downturn.
Any contact from the midcourt to the free-throw line extended and areas along the baseline toward the basket will be called a foul. This includes forearms.
Why not? If you thought you should be getting paid to be in the Olympics (like Dwyane Wade does), embellishing an injury to take yourself out of them seems like a perfectly acceptable suspicion to have of Howard.