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Did Dwyane Wade make a dirty play on Rajon Rondo? No.

May 8, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

Miami Heat's Wade and Boston Celtics Rondo tangle in second half of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston AP

There are some mad Celtics fans out there today.

Well, happy about the outcome of Game 3, but mad when they watched Rajon Rondo go down with a gruesome dislocated left elbow.

And they are putting it on Dwyane Wade. They are saying he made a dirty play, pulling Rajon Rondo to the ground in the third quarter. That he caused the injury.

Kevin Garnett was among them, according to Doc Rivers (quote via CBS’s Ken Berger).

“Kevin was furious,” Rivers said in the hallway outside the Celtics’ locker room. “He just didn’t like what happened.”

A reporter tried to ask Wade about it postgame in what was a poorly phrased question that Wade brushed off while LeBron called it “retarded.” (Which could be another issue all together.)

To me, what Wade did was not dirty. If you think it was, then you are:

1) A rabid Celtics fan,

2) Focusing on the result not the play,

3) Both of the above.

Something similar to this happens a handful of times every game, where guys get tanged up and both go to the ground. This was not a case where Wade grabbed and threw Rondo to the ground, the two got tangled up and Wade fel and grabbed Rondo as he was going down and that caused Rondo to fall. The intent was different. Rondo has harder falls than that every game when he attacks the rim, and he usually walks away. The result was a fluke.  This play was playoff basketball but there was no intent to injure.

The result was painful to watch. But to focus on the result and not the intent misses the point to me — every game there are fouls that send guys to the ground and could result in ugly injuries, but 99 times out of 100 they don’t. The Celtics have made a living on the hard foul in recent years. What referees have to decide was whether the foul was reckless in its intent to injure. That was not the case here, this was two guys just falling down. It was just a fluky, bad result.

Wade did not make a dirty play here. People watching the game through Celtics green glasses will not see it that way, that’s what fans do. But this was not intentional. And the Celtics should be careful about retaliation — they are still behind in this series and will have enough trouble beating the Heat without digging themselves a deeper hole with free throws or ejected players.

  1. bobwsc - May 9, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    D-Wade…or D-Bag?

    • talis4 - May 9, 2011 at 3:50 PM

      Clearly D-bag can’t handle it. He was being used and abused by the Celtics in game four. It was a punk move. He tried to drag down Pierce and Allen earlier. When Rondo made the pick, d-bag was embarrassed and hook Rondo and drove him to the floor. He should be fined and suspended.

  2. neeciekay - May 9, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    I am thankful that Rondo is not permanently or severly injured. God is good! I pray for his speedy recovery/future victories and for his family members and fans that had to watch him go down in such a manner. D. Wade will pay for all of his wrong-doings, in both this series and any other game where he has displayed unsportsman-like conduct. It’s one thing to defend tough, but, it’s quite another to intentionally cut someone’s legs from underneath them and pull them down, AFTER a dead play. It was a cheap shot, and it showed D. Wade’s true soft underbelly. No wonder his ex-wife fought the fight she did to get her children away from him. . .

  3. talis4 - May 9, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    The question needs to be aske of stern. Are d-bag and lebrick immune to the rules that govern the rest of the league? Is his desire to have lebrick in the finals so great that he will tolerate any actions, regardless of how despicable and classless, by the two of them?

  4. talis4 - May 9, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Kurt, you are either ignorant, stupid or simply clueless about the game of basketball. The play by d-bag was a take down. Did he intend to dislocate Rondo’s elbow? Irrelevent. The take-down was deliberate. His intent was to slam Rondo into the floor as hard as he could. This is the action of a desparate, classless piece of sh*t. Your article is typical of the sycophants that populate the sports world.

    “Reality be damned! Don’t believe your lying eyes, listen to me.”

    Your desire to suck up to the likes of d-bag and lebrick speaks volumes about your character (or lack there-of).

    • scorp16 - May 9, 2011 at 11:36 PM

      Yeah…Like Jermaine the crusher Oneal with the clothesline 1st Quarter of Game 1 OR maybe it was Big Fat Ass Davis with the Chop Block against Wade……Classy Classy Team….

    • heat256 - May 10, 2011 at 1:34 PM

      I’m glad you are such a “scholar” of the game you are able to tell whether an action is deliberate or accidental. I hope law enforcement agencies use your amazing mental powers to solve all of the crimes occurring nationwide. Moron.

  5. scorp16 - May 9, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    Well let’s see…..

    Did Jermaine Oneal try to clothesline LeBron????
    OR
    Did Big Fat Biatch Davis dive for Wade’s knees…

    Stay classy Boston……The Dirtiest Team in the NBA the past 4 years.

    You’ll still be able to watch the Finals on TV.

  6. dexterismyhero - May 10, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    I cannot believe all the cry baby Keltic fans. You guys are a bunch of wusses. The only player on your team with class would be Ray Allen.

    Waaaaaaa!

    Just shut up

  7. dysraw1 - May 15, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    regardless the intentions the results,the celts lose their best player & any chance of winning the series. does not place wade in the best light among the b ball knowledgeable

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