Dwight Howard, Robin Lopez, Nicolas Batum
Houston Rockets’ Dwight Howard (12) is grabbed around the neck by Portland Trail Blazers’ Robin Lopez (42) as Nicolas Batum (88) stands near in the second half of Game 5 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Houston. Lopez was charged with a flagrant-1 foul for the move. The Rockets won 108-98 to send the teams back to Portland for Game 6. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Erik Gundersen is the Trail Blazers beat reporter for The Columbian. He's a graduate of the Allen School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in addition earning a degree in Spanish. He's covered the NBA for four seasons. You can also occasionally find his work on ESPN.com's NBA section for their TrueCities series. He also fist-bumped with Kanye West once. Follow @BlazerBanter on twitter for more Blazers and NBA news.