Heat’s Dwyane Wade assessed flagrant foul for elbow of Lance Stephenson
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 CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger.
The Indianapolis Star‘s Mike Wells first reported the news.
Dwyane Wade has been assessed a flagrant foul penalty 1 for his elbow to Lance Stephenson. No other foul upgrades or downgrades from game 2.—
Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNBA) May 26, 2013
After reviewing several situations from Game 2, league officials decided a flagrant-one for Wade was the only upgrade/ downgrade warranted.—
Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) May 26, 2013
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.