INDIANAPOLIS -- So unexpected was Dwyane Wade’s flagrant foul upgrade that he “honestly didn’t know what they were talking about” when the NBA informed him of the penalty.
The league upgraded Wade’s open-court collision with Lance Stephenson in Game 2 to a flagrant foul-1 on Friday a few hours before tip-off for Game 3. Wade said he was never worried about being suspended because “it wasn’t intentional.”
“There was nothing malicious about it,” Wade said. “It’s an athletic game and it was an athletic move, but unfortunately my arms went back. But there wasn’t nothing there. Lance Stephenson and me don’t have that type of history.”
Still, Wade said he wasn’t surprised the NBA tagged him retroactively with a flagrant foul because “if you’re not there in the moment, it looks totally different than it does on the film.
“But I honestly didn’t know what they were talking about when it was brought to me,” Wade said.
Wade refused to answer a question about whether he thought Stephenson embellished his injury.
After Wade’s forearm made contact with Stephenson’s head, Stephenson rolled away from the play and held his head. Stephenson was uninjured and said before Game 3 that he was surprised by the collision. He stopped short of calling it a dirty play with the intention to hurt him.
“He was scrambling,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That was a very competitive time of the game. He was scrambling just to get back and it was one of those inadvertent collisions.”
While Wade was assessed a flagrant foul for his collision, the NBA ruled David West’s hard screen on Mario Chalmers in Game 2 didn’t deserve an upgrade. West set a screen on Chalmers that aggravated Chalmers’ left shoulder injury, a bruise caused by a hard screen in Game 1.
“I’m not surprised at all,” Chalmers said. “It’s Eastern Conference basketball, so you’ve got to be prepared for anything.”
Asked whether he thought West’s screen was meant to harm, Chalmers said he couldn’t judge intent from the play.
“That I don’t know,” he said. “It’s a hard question to answer. I don’t know if he was targeting it. … I think it was a little bit of a shot.”
Chris Andersen carried an impressive streak into the second half of Game 3. Dating to Game 5 of the Heat’s second round series against the Bulls, Andersen was 15 of 15 from the field.
Andersen finished 4 for 4 for nine points in Game 3. His alley-oop from Wade gave the Heat a 48-41 lead with 6:16 left in the second quarter to give him 15 makes in a row.
A streak on the opposite end of the spectrum: Ray Allen was 0 for 11 on shots in Indianapolis this season before his three-pointer with 17.8 seconds left in the first half.
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LeBron James’ runner in the lane with 1.3 seconds left in the first half set the Heat’s all-time franchise playoff record for points in a half (70).