Dwyane Wade won't be suspended for elbowing Lance Stephenson

Mike Ehrmann

The NBA reviewed Dwyane Wade's elbow to Lance Stephenson's head and made its decision on the Heat star's status for Game 3.

Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade will not be suspended for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals after NBA officials reviewed the controversial play in which his elbow made contact with Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson's head during Game 2, the league announced.

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On Saturday the league said it would review the incident, but ultimately decided against suspending Wade, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports. Wade will be assessed with a flagrant-one for the play, however.

After reviewing several foul situations from Game 2, including the Wade play and David West's elbow to Mario Chalmers' shoulder, league officials decided that a flagrant-one for Wade -- the less severe variety -- was the only upgrade or downgrade warranted.

The play occurred in the fourth quarter while Wade sprinted back in transition following a turnover. The Heat star crossed paths with Stephenson at mid-court and left his feet to get around Stephenson, but instead initiated contact and gave a blow to the guard's head.


Stephenson was slow to get up after hitting the floor but did not leave the game. The Indiana Pacers went on to win Game 2 97-93. Stephenson will be available for Indiana in Game 3.

The series shifts to Indiana for Game 3 and is scheduled to tip-off Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET. The series is tied 1-1.

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