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Dwyane Wade delivers an elbow to the head of Lance Stephenson in Game 2 (VIDEO)

May 25, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

Late in the fourth quarter of the Pacers’ Game 2 win over the Heat, Dwyane Wade elevates to try to get past Lance Stephenson just after he crosses half court.

It appeared as though Wade was simply trying to hustle to get into defensive position, and had no intention of making any malicious contact. But as Stephenson turned and as Wade jumped past him, he did land an elbow to Stephenson’s head in the process.

The play was ignored by the officials, and no foul was called on Wade for his action.

If nothing else, this further goes to show how inconsistent the officiating can be, even within the same game. Sam Young was issued a technical foul for a small, harmless swipe at the ball after the whistle, and yet a shot to the head like this one — however unintentional it may have been — ended up going unpunished.

The play is being reviewed by the league office, reports Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.

  1. glink123 - May 26, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Punk play by a pathetic has-been wife abuser. Ask Wade’s kids how many times mommy had to hide bruises from daddy. That dude has you all fooled in Miami. A total con job. He’s a low life scumbag.

    • cantonbound13 - May 26, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      What about his classless comments after 9/11? What about his classless comments when he was stuck in traffic after Hurricane Sandy? The guy is a classless punk, much like the fans & owner of the Heat.

  2. gopokes0714 - May 26, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    All I can say is… WoW

  3. creek0512 - May 26, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    It would be comical how hard the media tries to pretend this wasn’t an intentional cheap shot if it wasn’t so sad and pathetic.

  4. goodfellas17 - May 26, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    NBA is a joke if Wade is not suspended one game. Okay….NBA is a joke anyway because they don’t play basketball the way it was meant to be played.

  5. joestemme - May 26, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Why has this site not posted the news that the NBA chickened out and is NOT suspending Wade for his elbow to the head?
    Protecting the beloved Heat?
    Or, is it because nobody in their right mind believes this author’s (Brett Pollakoff) line: “It appeared as though Wade was simply trying to hustle to get into defensive position, and had no intention of making any malicious contact.”
    Yeah, you often see NBA plays hustling by leaping a foot off the ground and crunching an elbow into a guy’s head……

    • Kurt Helin - May 26, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      We did that post. There is a refresh button on your browser. Try it sometime.

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