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Video: Dwyane Wade’s key shot over Garnett, foul on Rondo

May 31, 2012, 1:53 AM EDT

After the Celtics had done a good job taking the ball out if his hands in the first half, Dwyane Wade was involved in two key plays in overtime that helped earn the Heat their 115-111 win. One was the and-1 on Kevin Garnett above, an acrobatic bit of body control. And, arguably, an offensive foul the way he led with his leg. It’s a 50/50 call and that nearly always goes to the aggressor (especially at home).

Wade also got away with a foul, too. He hit Rajon Rondo in the head and fouled him on a layup attempt. But there was no call. That was the play that opened the door for Wade’s drive above to be the dagger.

  1. jjordannba - May 31, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    Im sorry but if any fan of the game disagrees that that no call did have an effect on the outcome of the game then they’re idiots point blank that’s terrible

    • duane888 - May 31, 2012 at 3:36 AM

      So what, big ‘effin’ deal. There was plenty of other missed/no calls throughout the game. Why should this be any different ??

      • tfoz5150 - May 31, 2012 at 8:42 AM

        Dude you need to change your name. Duane Wade is the biggest Punk/Chump since Alex Rod in NY. Pick Lebron or even Chalmers

      • Justin - May 31, 2012 at 9:13 AM

        @ tfoz5150 it is spelt Dwyane Wade. Did you ever think that duane is his name or something.

        @jjordannba And that missed call is magnified because it is the end of the game. This is an example of butterfly effect. Lets say they call that foul. Who is to say on the inbound pass following that foul call Rondo doesn’t get a career ending injury. That is just as likely as the game ending as a celtics win because at the end of the day we will never know because it is over.

      • bozosforall - May 31, 2012 at 10:34 AM

        tfutz, Wade’s name is spelled “Dwyane” not “Duane”. Try and buy a clue sometime, idiot.

      • jjordannba - May 31, 2012 at 2:57 PM

        @Justin Rondo would have been at the line not inbounding the ball soo…

      • gmsingh - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:36 PM

        If it’s spelled “Dwyane” why the hell is it pronounced like ‘duane’. That’s just stupid.

    • rooney24 - May 31, 2012 at 9:15 AM

      I will disagree with you on two points.

      – On most replays, it looks like Rondo gets smacked in the head. But, if you look closely at the angle from the other end (around 1:02 on the second video above), it looks like Wade never even contacts him. So, what looks like an obvious call from many angles looks like a non-foul from that angle.

      – While it did impact the game, the impact was caused not by the no call, but by the fact that the tired Celtics gave up and didn’t get back on defense. Play until the whistle. Don’t let the refs affect the outcome.

    • canehouse - May 31, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      are you implying that the missed foul call on Rondo had the biggest effect on the outcome of the game… or just a little effect on the game? What happened in the other 52:57 of the game? That’s right nothing happened… just that play. point blank huh? You are not an idiot… you’re just mad, and numb.

  2. david8726 - May 31, 2012 at 5:11 AM

    Yeah, the non-call when Wade fouled Rondo was bad.

    But do you realize how many times guys get hit on the head / wrist / arm over the course of an NBA game and a foul doesn’t get called? Every single one of those missed call could result in free throws and 2 points for one team, which could swing the outcome of a game. So, ultimately it’s silly to focus in one just one non-call.

    As for the Wade / KG play, if you look at the replay Wade is hitting Garnett with his foot at the exact moment that Garnett is hitting Wade across the arm. That one could have gone either way.

    • jrillah10 - May 31, 2012 at 8:34 AM

      I agree 100% with your post. I do agree calls are missed throughout the game, but that doesn’t make it right. I think what most NBA fans are thinking is the timing of the calls or non calls. I’m shocked no one is saying anything about Pierce fouling out. 3 of the fouls on him were horrible ticky tack calls and the last one was very iffy. I for one can’t stand Boston, but I love watching the game. These teams are good enough to play tough basketball. Don’t bail them out when they do something stupid.

      • duane888 - May 31, 2012 at 6:11 PM

        I have never in my life seen 3 players that complain about fouls more than Ginobelli, Rasheed Wallace & Paul Pierce. Those 3 disgust me with their constant bitchin throughtout a game.

    • acdc363 - May 31, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      I do realize how many times these guys get hit without a foul call. It happens a lot. But with just over a minute left in OT of the ECF it should never happen.

      • duane888 - May 31, 2012 at 6:42 PM

        Who’s to say Rondo really got it. Camera angles can look one way and really be another. Maybe the ref’s didn’t see the contact a person watching a tv set does.

        Point is, If you watched both games closely, you’d see that Pierce and Rondo exaggerate contact made with them.

  3. cantonbound13 - May 31, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    Officiating has been a joke. The NBA wants to hand LeChoke his first ring.

    • mikeytalks - May 31, 2012 at 8:08 AM

      If you really believe that then you should(for your own peace of mind) stop watching the NBA. The reason why the Heat get more calls is that they are constantly in attack mode. They look to get to the rim, this will always get more fouls called for you. The Celtics do not attack the rim as much so they do not get as many calls. That being said, Wade did foul Rondo, it should have been called. But I’m sure that there were many fouls that night that weren’t called.

    • bozosforall - May 31, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      LeBron isn’t getting a ring anyway. The Spurs are winning the title this year.

  4. Josh - May 31, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    Neither one of these teams stands a chance against the Spurs. I almost want the Heat to win the series so I can watch them get humiliated again in the finals… almost. Now that would be entertainment.

  5. hojo20 - May 31, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    Nice home cookin’ on those calls. My next pickup game, I’ll try the Daniel LaRusso karate kick driving to the layup like Wade did. I don’t think a fight will break out.

  6. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 31, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    It’s a scientifically proven fact that but for the refs, the Heat would have been 0-66 this year. You could review every single one of their games and see at least one call that went their way.

    No other team in the history of the NBA has ever had a call go their way. It’s incredible.

  7. blueintown - May 31, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    The difference between NBA players and people who comment on message boards is that NBA players understand that throughout the course of the game there are going to be missed calls of varying degrees, but they can’t simply stop playing until someone recognizes them or post comments online to make themselves feel better. They’re adults. If a foul screws you over on one end, they take care of business on the other end and call it a wash. It’s called reality.

    • phaden27 - May 31, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      Honest question no sarcasm, what does that make you?

      • blueintown - May 31, 2012 at 1:06 PM

        I wasn’t necessarily demeaning posters, just lamenting the prevailing “wisdom” amongst frequent visitors on this sight that the referees somehow dictate the outcome of every basketball game, particularly those played by a team that they’ve somehow developed a personal vendetta against.

        But, let’s face it, message board trolls are all pudwhacks. Myself included.

      • phaden27 - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM

        Fair enough sir, fair enough.

  8. loungefly74 - May 31, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    if every single foul was called…the game would be 5 hours long and boring. i’m siding the the guys like 1972wasalongtimeago, david8726, and duane888 on this one…

  9. gmsingh - May 31, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    The foul by Wade on Rondo should have been a flagrant 2. On the replay you can see that Wade was going to miss contact with Rondo altogether, and then draped his hand down at the last second to make sure he hit him in the face. What the NBA is doing now is using the confusion of the general public to run interference for them, since most people assume professional sports aren’t fixed. What I think we need on this is Congressional hearings just like they did with the steroid monsters in baseball.

    • southbeachtalent - May 31, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      “The foul by Wade on Rondo should have been a flagrant 2”

      Yea no doubt. He should be suspended for the remainder of the series!!!!

      Congress? hahahahahahahahaha

      I’ll say it again: ACCOUNTABILITY. Look it up.

      • gmsingh - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:33 PM

        The NBA is FIXED–look it up.

    • caseybojangles - Jun 2, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      did you even look at the tape???? play the clip above and look at time mark 1:01 to 1:02. do it over and over so you don’t miss it. it appears that wade doesn’t even touch rondo at all…it was close but a total miss of any contact to rondo’s head. if a foul was called on that…which it very well could have been…then THAT would have been the incorrect call.

      • gmsingh - Jun 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM

        a) they don’t have “tape” anymore, b) I watched it multiple times, and if you’re thinking that Rondo was faking, you have him confused with Wade. Wade is a dirty player, both with respect to fouling and faking. Anybody who thinks differently needs to watch more “tape”.

  10. southbeachtalent - May 31, 2012 at 9:22 AM


    Hey Kurt do you have any video of the countless times LeBron gets his headband torn off and there are no-calls? Or when Wade gets held, pushed or pulled by Garnett?

    Does anyone really think Garnett sets legal screens? Every single one of his screens is a foul. Problem is he’d foul out in the 2nd qtr.

    I thought we were the whiners….

    Hey Boston, show some class and accountability. It’s getting pathetic..

    And for you other scorned fans that love to hate….. EAT IT!! Heat up 2-0.

  11. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 31, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Tell you what. I’m willing to accept that every game/series the Heat wins is because the league/refs want it that way, IF AND ONLY IF it’s also accepted that Dallas won last year because the refs/league wanted the Heat to lose.

  12. scalfor3 - May 31, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    the no-call on rondo lead to an easy 4 on 5 bucket the other way. Thats a massive four point swing down the stretch of a tight game. anyone who thinks that didnt have an effect on the game is nuts. yes, the celts are overmatched and yes, miami is gonna win the series, but the c’s should at least get a fair chance to compete

  13. truthhurtstoo - May 31, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Lots of poor LOSERs here commenting. Don’t worry, it will soon be all over for you.

  14. truthhurtstoo - May 31, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    “The foul by Wade on Rondo should have been a flagrant 2.?”

    Dumbest post of the day! What a reach!! Congrats!

  15. bozosforall - May 31, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Video at the 1:01 mark clearly shows no contact between Wade’s hand and Rondo’s face. Crybaby Boston fans need to get over it.

  16. jjordannba - May 31, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Matter of fact after Tim Donaghy admitted it, it shouldn’t even be outrageous to think the refs impact the game or that there may be a fix

    • bozosforall - May 31, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      So, basically the refs have been helping the Celtics forever? Cuts both ways, crybaby Celtics fan.

  17. jjordannba - May 31, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    I will say one more thing that i want yall to think about. After D.Rose went down who do you think Stern’s preferences to be in the ECF were out of everybody left. Yes Celtics-Heat & even though they’re both capable of making it on their own you have to wonder. Im a Celtics fan but i will admit this: Game 6 against the Hawks C’s up 3-2 Its a tie game Hawks try to inbound ball but C’s foul before they get it in. Thats 2 shot and the ball. But the refs said it was after the ball was inbounded but it was obvious that it wasn’t. The C’s win series. Next day league admits it was before the inbounds. Stern was going to make sure it was Heat-Celtics no matter what can you imagine 76ers-Pacers ECF NO! And once he got the C’s there its like ok people will tune in but Your fix is over the Heat’s fix will continue what the NBA Finals needs

    • bozosforall - May 31, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      Doesn’t change the fact that the Celtics fans are the biggest crybabies in all of basketball.

    • duane888 - May 31, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      So according to what you just said, the Indiana-Miami series was fixed for the Heat to win ?? It had nothing to do with Indiana being over-matched ??

      Better yet, was there reallly any doubt Miami was returning to the ECF once the playoffs started ?? Anyone reasonable would think not.

      • bozosforall - May 31, 2012 at 7:39 PM

        Boston sports fans aren’t reasonable, duane. Regarding ANY sport. Biggest bunch of crybabies and defenders of cheaters in the country.

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