Posted May 26, 2013

Heat’s Dwyane Wade assessed flagrant foul for elbow of Lance Stephenson

(Issac Baldizon/Getty Images)

Heat guard Dwyane Wade was not originally called for a foul for his fourth-quarter elbow of Pacers guard Lance Stephenson in Eastern Conference Finals Game 2. (Issac Baldizon/Getty Images)

The NBA has ruled Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade’s elbow of the Indiana Pacers’ Lance Stephenson a flagrant foul, penalty one, the league announced on Sunday.

Vice president of basketball Stu Jackson’s office reviewed the play, which occurred with 4:05 left in the fourth quarter of Game 2, on Saturday, the day after the Pacers won, 97-93, to even the Eastern Conference Finals series.

Wade was not called for a foul during the game.

The league reviewed several plays from Game 2, but made no other upgrades or downgrades, according to’s Ken Berger.

The Indianapolis Star‘s Mike Wells first reported the news.

The NBA defines a flagrant 1 foul, the less severe flagrant, as “unnecessary contact committed by a player against an opponent” and factors in the severity of the contact, whether the player was making a “legitimate basketball play” and the severity of the injury suffered by the offended player when reviewing plays.


worst officiated game I have seen in years and the fact that the pacers still won tells me that the heat may be in trouble in this series. The refs can't help them anymore than they tried to in game 2


I love the NBA but I fear we are witnessing it's "steroid era". Many players are so much more muscular than in the past (the nba's past and their own past.) Some of these incidents look like roid rage. Here you have a player who after a decade of building up respect and goodwill, has become the one of dirtiest in the game.