Celtics coach Doc Rivers and guard Rajon Rondo disagreed with Dwyane Wade’s calling Rondo’s flagrant foul in Tuesday’s season-opener a “punk play.”
Rondo was called for a flagrant foul 1 after hooking Wade around the neck and shoulder as the Heat star drove to the basket in Miami’s 120-107 win.
“I got my kids watching so I stopped myself but it was a punk play by him,” said Wade, via ESPN. “He clotheslined me.”
Appearing Thursday on Boston sports radio WEEI, Rivers noted that Wade has “given a lot of hard fouls” in his career and pointed out that Rondo’s gruesome elbow injury during the 2011 playoffs was “created by Dwyane Wade.”
Added Rivers: “I don’t think [Rondo's flagrant] was a ‘punk’ move unless [Wade's foul] was, too.”
At practice on Thursday, Rondo said Wade added some drama to help draw a flagrant call on a hard foul.
“I mean, I don’t think it was a hard foul,” said Rondo. “[Wade] sold it a little bit, and that’s basketball. They were up, he drove to the hole, I didn’t want to give up a layup. Simple as that. I didn’t yank him down, or dirty plays that you’ve seen him play in the past. So that’s what it is.”