Dwyane Wade calls Rajon Rondo foul ‘a punk play’

October 31, 2012

“Punk play” or good hard foul? (Chris Trotman / Getty Images)

Blockbuster trades may have altered the NBA landscape this season, but some things never change.

The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics still plain don’t like each other, and one game into the 2012-13 season, the bad blood of playoff’s past is bubbling back to the surface.

In the final moments of Miami’s 120-107 win, Celtics guard Rajon Rondo wrapped up Dwyane Wade as he drove to the basket, grabbing him around the neck in the process.

That did not sit well with Wade, who held the ball over his head as if he was going to throw it at Rondo. Rondo was called for a flagrant foul on the play

“I got my kids watching so I stopped myself but it was a punk play by him,” said Wade (via ESPN), who led the Heat with 29 points. “He clotheslined me.”

The Celtics will host Miami on Jan. 27 in a game Wade is already circling on his calendar.

“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.”

“I don’t have any response to that,” Rondo said when asked about Wade’s post-game comments. “Everybody is entitled to their opinion. He has a voice. There’s nothing else to it.”

Two years ago, Rondo dislocated his elbow when he got tangled up with Wade during an Eastern Conference semifinal game.

The game began with a championship ring ceremony for the Heat and former Celtics guard Ray Allen exchanging pleasantries with his old teammates — except for Kevin Garnett, who gave his former buddy the silent treatment.

The night ended with the Heat winning for the fifth time in their last 11 meetings with the Celtics.

“It was good to cap this night off with a win,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

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