There were only 16 seconds remaining in the game, when Dwyane Wade was driving to the hoop to put the finishing touches on the Miami Heat‘s season-opening win over the Boston Celtics. However, there was one problem — Rajon Rondo.
Rondo wrapped his arms around Wade’s neck and attempted to clothesline D-Wade before getting in his face.
Wade kept his cool and smiled at Rondo after the play, which resulted in a flagrant-one being called on the Boston guard. Wade showed the composure of a veteran while Rondo was letting his emotions get the best of him. Following the game, Wade took the opportunity to unload on his opponent.
“I got my kids watching so I stopped myself but it was a punk play by him,” said Wade, per Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com. “He clotheslined me.
“I’m here to play basketball, man. 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.”
Wade let his performance on the court do the talking. He had a team-high 29 points.
What you have to love about this Heat-Celtics rivalry is that the two sides genuinely do not like each other. Just look at the way Kevin Garnett gave his former teammate Ray Allen the cold shoulder when Allen went to enter the game.
Luckily for us, we will get to see the next installment of the heated rivalry on January 27th when the Heat travel to Boston.