After Kevin Garnett completely ignored Ray Allen after he tapped Garnett on the shoulder, you would have thought that things could not have gotten worse between the Celts and the Heat, but you would have been wrong.
Dwyane Wade called Rajon Rondo‘s flagrant foul in the closing seconds of the Heat’s 120-107 victory a “punk play”. Rondo was called for the foul after he grasping Wade around the neck area on a drive to the basket.
Wade then raised the ball over his head as if he was about to whip the ball at Rondo, but thought better of it.
“I got my kids watching so I stopped myself but it was a punk play by him,” said Wade, who scored a team-high 29 points. “He clotheslined me.”
Wade also suggested he might not be the bigger man the next time they meet.
“I’m here to play basketball, man,” Wade said. “If you want to do something else, then go do something else. Boxing, this is not it. I was glad I was able to stop myself in that very moment and move on from it. We’ll see next time we play.”
Rondo had 20 points, seven rebounds and 13 assists in the loss and also blew off Wade’s comments.
“I don’t have any response to that,” Rondo said. “Everybody is entitled to their opinion. He has a voice. There’s nothing else to it.”
LeBron James was watching the play in the locker room while being treated for leg cramps; he was proud of his teammate for holding back.
“He did show poise, I saw the anger on his face and what he wanted to do and I’m glad he restrained from what he wanted to do,” James said. “It wasn’t a basketball play.”
Wade and Rondo have a spotty history already. In Game 3 of the 2011 Eastern Conference semifinals, the players got tangled up Rondo ended up dislocating his elbow after falling to the ground.
This additional altercation makes these two teams next meeting in Boston must-watch TV. I personally love the hatred between these two teams; this feels like the old-school of professional basketball and I believe we will all see these two teams in the Eastern Conference Finals later this year.