Posted May 25, 2013

Report: NBA reviewing Dwyane Wade’s elbow of Lance Stephenson in Game 2

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(Issac Baldizon/Getty Images)

Heat guard Dwyane Wade threw an elbow to the head of Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (left) during the fourth quarter of Game 2. (Issac Baldizon/Getty Images)

The NBA is reviewing Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade’s elbow to the head of Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson during Friday’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 2, according to USA Today‘s Jeff Zillgitt.

The play occurred with 4:05 left in the fourth quarter of the Pacers’ eventual 97-93 win, which tied the series at 1-1. No foul was called on Wade, who was running back on defense after committing a turnover.

Stephenson fell to the floor but remained in the game.

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35 comments
storyline
storyline

NBA nerds to have better drug testing, so that very bulky who were once rail thin won't try and injure young players as a result of roid rage.

DeondreHakim
DeondreHakim

Bottom line is that the N.B.A. set a precedent by suspending J.R. Smith, who was also ejected for making contact with a player's head. They used the concussion debate as their justifying logic in the incorporation of their on-the-fly rule change. Scott Foster has been an officiating embarrassment as he has decided that blowing the whistle for recreation is his responsibility but his crew somehow failed to throw Wade out of the game. In retrospect, that would've saved the N.B.A. the pain of this debate. I see no choice for the league but to suspend Wade or enhance their credibility problems with the selective officiating that has become a hallmark for this league.

hineydawg
hineydawg

The NBA's own rule book (rule 12) says that elbow foul that makes contact above the shoulder is an automatic ejection but it won't matter. He'll get a fine and told not to do it again. A punk move, Stephenson's head was turned.

mjhellund
mjhellund

If you go by the Commissioner's stated policies, you take the player's history into account. D Wade has done this sort of thing over and over.

train805
train805

Stephenson was clearly talking smack to wade, who then decided to be a ahole about it, and threw the elbow. Jumping around while may have been necessary, the elbow was clearly aimed at stephensons head.

From his fake "hipster" glasses, to his "style" off the court, wade is clearly a dbag both on and off the floor. Hes not half the player he was when they were handed the title in 2006, and now he must resort to dirty play to stay relevant.

marc.alexandro.b
marc.alexandro.b

Broke Kobe's nose, threw Bibbys shoe, tried to kill collison, broke rondo's arm....I could go on. dirtiest player in league

kenc29
kenc29

Wade's a whiner and a flopper, but that was just incidental contact.

sternomustgo
sternomustgo

Why does Stevenson have his back to his team mate when his team mate with the ball is ahead of him?  He should be cutting to the basket or looking for open space to shoot.  Looks like Stevenson  is head hunting/setting an ambush and Wade got in the first shot.

Johnerew675
Johnerew675

The NBA isn't going to do anything unless fans hold them accountable.  DWade and Lebron are their cash cows and the league has been showing them favoritism for years.  Email the NBA to let them know how you feel.  Don't let corruption ruin the sport we love.

http://www.nba.com/email_us/contact_us.html

Shooter McGavin 19711
Shooter McGavin 19711

Nothing new here - Wade it the biggest WHINER in the league and one of the dirtiest players - which is an ironic combination.  The NBA won't do anything.  Not like the time they screwed the Suns by suspending players for something FAR less egregious.  You can bet if Hibbert had pulled that nonsense, he would be suspended two games.  But the NBA likes to give Wade whatever he wants, just like that finals gift over the Mavs a few years ago.

hawaii traveler
hawaii traveler

Wade has been a dirty player for years...his aikido takedown of Rondo that dislocated his elbow, the kicks to the balls, and now this a flying forearm strike.  This should be an easy one game suspension because not only was there clearly intent, but there was follow through. 

Bad1v
Bad1v

It was a play ground move and the camera caught him. Those of you who claim it wasn't a dirty play must have never played. He should be suspended

RaySexauer
RaySexauer

That was not a dirty play - and I hate Miami. Get over it. 

carjax1202
carjax1202

No, that was not clearly a dirty play on Wades part....watch the video again haters... Stephenson clearly looks where Wade is coming down the floor...purposely moves into the path of Wade, and then Wade jumps around him to get past him and his arm comes in contact with Stephenson's head...not a hard blow at all, Stephenson is taking a page out of Allen's book of acting.   

ATLfan68
ATLfan68

This was a clearly a dirty elbow shot by D-Wade and could have been in retaliation of David West's elbow shot to Chalmers' shoulder earlier in the game. I agree that the NBA will most likely do nothing about it as usual.


osp85
osp85

It looks to me that Wade did do it with intent. JR Smith was suspended for swinging his elbow,earlier in the playoffs, so Wade should also be suspended for this. Stars get treated differently in the NBA so my best guess is that Wade gets a flagrant foul and a small fine. 

Chris P1
Chris P1

Wade should be suspended for Game 3. That was a blatant cheap shot. But, he won't be, because Stern and Co. lack the guts to do the right thing. It's all about TV ratings for them. This is why the NBA is a joke.

marc.alexandro.b
marc.alexandro.b

GOOD. it was a travesty that it was not called in game. Do not forget Metta was suspended for doing the same to Harden last season. 

michael.f.passe
michael.f.passe

Wade is one of the best all-around players in the game, but he has replaced Kobe as the dirtiest top-rung guy in the league (perhaps because he is more relevant). Yes he should be suspended, absolutely. But there is a hyper-macho culture at work here that encourages thuggery, particularly in the NFL and NBA. It works on two fronts, the officials, who constantly look the other way at obvious, egregious cheap shots to the point where this sort of thing is inevitable; and the press, consisting of jocks dressed like investment bankers who regard this sort of thing as "part of the game, be a man, blah blah blah." Give the people what they want - blood, broken bones, whatever is good for ratings. I see many many cheap shots every game, often right in front of officials who do nothing whatsoever. Perhaps the officials should also be suspended for allowing this to happen, but there is little accountability for officials. In the NBA, it's a matter of what you can get away with, and the answer is, almost anything.

Eddie.Stark
Eddie.Stark

@train805 They were most certainly "handed the title" in 2006.  How many free throws did Wade shoot that series?  His per game average was ridiculous in all of their wins.  Really felt bad for Dirk that year, and so glad he got his ring at their expense down the road.

 At least Wade was likable back then.  Total dbag nowadays.

frank35
frank35

@kenc29 Jumping up and putting your elbow into a players head was incidental? Have you ever played ball? A move like that in any non NBA gym would result in a fight.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

@kenc29 Wade had no reason to jump up and put an elbow to the pacers head unless he was trying to hurt him.....

Johnerew675
Johnerew675

@kenc29 And last year when Wade steam rolled Darrin Collison after missing a shot.  Suppose that was accidental too?  That was the worst, most malevolent foul I've ever seen and he wasn't even ejected.  That is NBA favoritism and it has made the NBA a joke.  Miami title last year is illegitimate.

Johnerew675
Johnerew675

@sternomustgo Doesn't matter where Lance was looking.  Wade lept into the air and led with an elbow to his freakin head!  And it happened right at mid court where everyone could see.  Yet the officials ignore it and call a ticky tack foul on Chalmers.  It's laughably blatant that the league favors their cash cows.  Fans should demand better.

deemeezee
deemeezee

@carjax1202 You obviously haven't or don't play basketball for making this comment. You don't jump in the air to get around an opposing player. There is never a reason to be that close to another player without the ball in the middle of the court to the point that you can elbow him in the head. Stick to baseball man, because ballers and b-ball fans know that was an intentional elbow.

Visionz311
Visionz311

@marc.alexandro.b LOL, NO, the elbow by Artest was WAY worse than this.  Artest maliciously slammed his elbow into Harden's head.  Whether Wade did it on purpose or not, it wasn't even close to the same level of contact.  2 completely different situations here.

ernestv2007
ernestv2007

Don't forget the thuggery that exist and is much worse in hockey...

marc.alexandro.b
marc.alexandro.b

@xuxu @marc.alexandro.b 


Those were exaggerations but do you think Wade is not a dirty player? Are you a heat fan defending him? i could not gather any idea what you were trying to say. 

Paul1
Paul1

@Johnerew675 @sternomustgo The league will be so much better with David Stern retired!  The changes in how the league handles discipline will be most welcome.

sternomustgo
sternomustgo

@Johnerew675   agreed - but this is some crappy playground stuff where people are playing the man and not the ball - both ways.