Late in the 4th quarter, Dwyane Wade was driving to the basket and Rajon Rondo wrapped him up in a half-horse-collar type of wrap-around foul. Wade took exception to it, holding the ball over his head as if the throw it at Rondo but held back.
"I got my kids watching so I stopped myself but it was a punk play by him," said Wade, who had a team-best 29 points in the win. "He clotheslined me." Wade hinted he might have a response the next time the teams play on Jan. 27 in Boston. "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."
It was certainly a hard foul, but it looked a little more like a frustrated, lazy move by Rondo than something with intent to harm. Still, between that and the technical he got for arguing a call, it would have been nice to have less acting out from Rondo in the final quarter - especially when the outcome of the game was still in doubt. This could potentially raise new questions about his maturity.
To be fair, he was pretty frustrated by a no-call hook that Wade pulled earlier in the game. And of course he has some long standing history with Wade - who was responsible for the ugly elbow injury in the playoffs a few years back. Still, it is best to retaliate with basketball and winning rather than outbursts that hurt your team.
Speaking of maturity, Wade's final comment about "We'll see next time we play" sounds like a premeditated threat, but whatever.