May 24, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) reacts during the second half in game two of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers at American Airlines Arena. The Pacers won 97-93. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade Not Suspended For Flying Elbow


If Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade ever tires of basketball or needs a second career, he might want to try out the UFC as the former Marquette product can throw some gnarly elbows, much like he did in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers.

Wade dropped a crushing ‘bow to the head of Lance Stephenson as the Pacers guard attempted to set a screen at mid-court, but the NBA deemed it only worthy of a flagrant-1 foul, not a suspension.

Per Ira Winderman:

Wade assessed a Flagrant 1 for his elbow to Stephenson but WILL be available tonight. No suspension. No other NBA rulings.

There were rumblings that Wade could be suspended as ANY blow to the head from an elbow is an automatic suspension, though, apparently the NBA either felt that the hit was nothing more than a basketball play (given the flagrant though, that seems questionable) or that intent couldn’t be determined.

Either way, Wade will be in action tonight for Game 3.

You can watch the play below:


Tags: Dwyane Wade Indiana Pacers Lance Stephenson Miami Heat NBA Playoffs 2013

  • jnmandjlm

    Wow! I am shocked he didn’t get suspended. Aren’t you?