Will Dwyane Wade Get Suspended for Elbow to Lance Stephenson's Head?

(video via CBS Sports)

Everyone is asking the same question: Should Dwyane Wade be suspended for a flying elbow of his that touched up Lance Stephenson’s head? Bob Kravitz says yes. Matt Moore concurs. But Jason Whitlock does not.

Of note: There was no whistle of any kind during the game related to the play.

Also of note: A play Whitlock, and others, are also talking about is a David West elbow on Mario Chalmers, who is dealing with an injured shoulder. No whistle was blown for this play either.

About Wade’s elbow, Jeff Zillgitt raises the question of intent.

Bomani Jones has some thoughts on that.

The general sentiment I’m hearing is that Dwyane Wade should be suspended for Game 3 but he won’t be because he is Dwyane Wade and he plays for the Heat of Miami.

Some samples.

You get the drift.

Of course, there is a history here, as Ball Is Life pointed out.

Last year in the playoffs, Stephenson made a choke symbol on the sidelines. Juwan Howard had words with the young fella about that the next day. Then, Dexter Pittman came off the bench late in a later game and tried to take off Stephenson’s dome in a way that lacked any ambiguity about intent.

UPDATE: Glaring omission: Dwyane Wade’s shove on Darren Collison last year. This, of course, is the reaons many Pacers’ fans think (a) Wade won’t get suspended this time either, and (b) the NBA is rigged in favor of keeping Heat stars on the court for ratings. Wade also got smacked by Tyler Hansbrough last year in the playoffs.

Should Wade miss Game 3? I don’t know. I don’t really do “shoulds.”

Question that matters: Will Wade miss Game 3?

I think he will.

The league has continued to ramp up its efforts to eradicate this type of stuff. Pittman was suspended for headhunting Lance last year, and Udonis Haslem also got a game for trying to take off Tyler Hansbrough’s head. Meanwhile, earlier during this playoffs, J.R. Smith got a one-game suspension for elbowing Jason Terry.

Who knows what will happen?

I’ll just leave you with this (also courtesy of Ball Is Life).

dwyane wade elbow

(NOTE: Original Ball Is Life screen shot image has been edited to better fit our post design format.)

UPDATE: Here is a video of some Wade “highlights” that was passed along by @ThackdaddyFresh.

Tags: League Review Pacers Vs. Heat

  • eric leffler

    to be honest, i really hope he doesn’t get suspended for it.. i’m a pacers fan, and i really would like to see us beat them with all of their players on the floor. having wade miss a game due to a suspension would put a damper on our potential victory in my opinion, and i think it could cause him/his teammates to come out more inspired in the following games… i say just leave it and let them keep playing hard (and dirty)!

    • Derek Cooper

      I agree with the sentiment_I want to beat miami with all their players__but I think its vital to protect the players health_this elbow looks very potentially dangerous__dwane wade I don’t respect u much+ also wish I could play you_id be so motivated__pacers really what is this miami team a symbol of? What’s their inner reality? pacers please don’t ever become like them-be a living symbol of something else. And take the heat down honorably- but really- Take Them Down. And if the refs take their side_face that reality fearlessly honorably without loosing ur composure_and play to make it as obvious as possible_ I would admire that as a heroic good example.

      • Bill

        At least Wade can put a sentence together. Damn, go back to school. Go Pacers!

      • dwaink

        I do agree with this

  • llcoolray3000

    No. He’s been getting away with this type of dirty stuff for years. See last year’s series. The NBA only uses a heavy disciplinary hand on scrub and role players. See last year’s series.

  • Diogeron

    I’d be shocked. The NBA wants Miami in the finals for $ and that issue seems to trump policy year in, year out. Let’s see if they have integrity, or do the right thing.

  • Realist

    Yeah, it’s generally considered the worst kept secret that he’s the dirtiest player in the league. He is a bit of a (mainstream) media darling, so they tend to take care of him. Not surprisingly though, the less mainstream bloggers that you mention know what’s up.


    The spear tackle on Collison was the lowlight. He was basically throwing a tantrum that he got a no-call down the other end. Could’ve really hurt him.

  • Andrew Wills

    I’m hoping they dont suspend him, because if they do, then to keep balance they will suspend West and or Hansborough for their borderline plays as well to make sure Miami still has the “upper” hand

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.grimm.14 Paul Grimm

    The biggest thing is that he didn’t look back at lance. You would think that if you accidentally ran into someone the first reaction would be to look and see what you ran into. He knew lance was there

  • dwaink

    think maybe it’s time to throw a palm of Buddha at wade

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  • winfreydevonte

    Lance Stephenson clearly sold it cause if you got elbowed in the head don’t you think you would feel it a bit more than that? I’m not saying it was inadvertent but come on man. A elbow to the head with him running full speed like that would clearly put Stephenson down for more than he exaggerated.

  • dwaink

    Flagrant 1…who are they kidding