Dwyane Wade looks past Game 3 tumble
Boston coach Doc Rivers said he had to calm some of his players, especially Kevin Garnett, and talk them out of seeking retribution on Wade following the play during the third quarter of the Celtics' Game 3 win Saturday night. In the moments after the play, Wade was in a dialogue with the Celtics' bench about the incident.
Rondo had an MRI on the elbow Sunday that confirmed his dislocated elbow. He's considered a game-time decision for Monday's Game 4.
Wade indicated he didn't feel any retribution was warranted and wasn't concerned about more physical play.
"It's basketball. Keep them back from what? Are they going to beat me up? For what?" Wade said after the Heat's practice on Sunday. "Did anyone watch the replay? Obviously I watched it. I'm done, I've moved on from that."
Wade has said he didn't feel it was a dirty play. Replays showed that after Rondo poked the ball away from Wade that it was Rondo who may have made the first move. Rondo appeared to grab Wade's waist and pull him back away from the loose ball. Wade reacted by grabbing Rondo's waist and pulling him backward over Wade's leg, causing Rondo to crash to the court.
By Sunday afternoon, everyone has watched the footage and the coaches seemed to be looking to cool tempers and move on.
"It was a hard foul," Rivers said. "Let's put it like this. He didn't intend to hurt Rondo. I don't honestly believe in 99 percent of cases in our league the player ever intends to hurt anybody. But he did and it just happens."
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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said there were more physical plays in the game but that the Wade-Rondo entanglement got most of the attention because of the nasty injury Rondo suffered.
"It looked like a normal contact foul, he just landed on it wrong," Spoelstra said. "Those things happen. There's a lot of contact. There's a lot more plays more physical than that where guys didn't get hurt."
Wade has been an aggressor since Game 1 of the series, most notably when he slammed into Paul Pierce on a screen that resulted in a heated exchange and Pierce's ejection.
Wade seemed to be seeking his own retribution for a Pierce head butt on Heat forward James Jones a minute before.
Brian Windhorst covers the Miami Heat for ESPN.com.