NBA reviewing Dwyane Wade's elbow to Lance Stephenson's head

Mike Ehrmann

Heat guard Dwyane Wade landed an elbow to Pacers guard Lance Stephenson's head during Game 2, and the league might suspend him for it.

Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade could be in line for punishment as the league reviews the errant elbow that caught Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson's head in Game 2, Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today reports.

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During the fourth quarter of Friday's 97-93 Indiana win, Wade committed a turnover and quickly began transitioning back on defense. While sprinting back, he attempted to avoid Stephenson by jumping past him, but caught the Pacers guard with a left elbow to the head.

After the play, Stephenson fell to the floor and continued to look rattled after getting up. Still, he never left the game.


While some are calling for a suspension of Wade, who has a reputation for dirty play around the league, others doubt the league will levy such a punishment.

Because the Heat star was sprinting at full speed to get back on defense, it's unclear if he was deliberately trying to hit Stephenson as the two crossed paths.

Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday night. Both Wade and Stephenson will likely be available for the game.

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