Dwyane Wade flagrant foul on Darren Collison deserves a suspension

You make the call: Should the Heat be downgraded to the "Big 1" after this Dwyane Wade tackle?

5/16/12 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

May 15, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the second half in game two of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Indiana Pacers of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena.  Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIREDuring last night's Heat-Pacers game, Dwyane Wade got called for a flagrant foul for a hit on Darren Collison that would have made Roger Goodell blush.

Following a Heat turnover, Collison had a fast break with Danny Granger, and as Granger passed the ball to Collison, Wade essentially tackled him right in the open court.

We already know that Chris Bosh will be out indefinitely with an abdominal strain, but should Wade be suspended for a game as well after this? Check out the video and decide for yourself:

Thanks to Jose3030 for the video


After the game, Wade was pretty unhappy with the way the Pacers celebrated the win, right on Miami's home court.

The easy answer to that: Win, and you won't have to worry about the way the opposing team celebrates a win.

Why didn't they win? As usual, you can take a look directly at LeBron James.

James gets a lot of unfair criticism, and generally I believe people don't understand the overall greatness of his game and his ability.

That caveat aside, he needs to seek professional help, regarding his incredible shrinking act anytime he has a chance to take over a game late in the 4th quarter.

LeBron led his team in points, rebounds, and assists, yet many will look at his performance and focus on the one thing he DIDN'T do: Take the big shot at the end of the game.

In the last 5 minutes of the game, check out the plays that involved LeBron from ESPN's play-by-play from the game:

4:30 - Pacers 71, Heat 70 - LeBron James makes free throw 1 of 2
4:30 - Pacers 71, Heat 70 - LeBron James misses free throw 2 of 2
4:26 - Pacers 71, Heat 70 - Paul George lost ball (LeBron James steals)
3:35 - Pacers 73, Heat 72 - LeBron James misses 24-foot three point jumper
2:41 - Pacers 76, Heat 75 - Dwyane Wade makes 6-foot jumper (LeBron James assists)
1:30 - Pacers 76, Heat 75 - LeBron James defensive rebound
1:21 - Pacers 76, Heat 75 - Paul George blocks LeBron James's layup
1:19 - Pacers 76, Heat 75 - LeBron James defensive rebound
0:54 - Pacers 76, Heat 75 - LeBron James offensive rebound
0:54 - Pacers 76, Heat 75 - LeBron James misses free throw 1 of 2
0:54 - Pacers 76, Heat 75 - LeBron James misses free throw 2 of 2

For those of you keeping score at home, that's 1 point on 1-4 free throw shooting, 0-1 from the field, 2 rebounds, a steal, an assist, and he got blocked by Paul George.

For some players, that type of performance is acceptable (other than the free throws). For LeBron James, 3-time MVP and arguably the most talented athlete on the planet, that's simply not going to cut it.

As great as he is, nights like last night won't help shake the "choker" label.


What's your take? Should Wade be suspended? Is LeBron a choker? Will the Heat be able to beat the Pacers and move on to the conference finals? Let us know what you think.
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5/16/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

Pat wrote:
Yes, but people hold him to an incredibly high standard, because they know what he's capable of. And when he misses free throws at a Shaq-like pace in crunch time and his team ends up losing by one possession, the criticism is unavoidable and deserved, imo.

LeBron isn't trying to be great. He's trying to be THE greatest. That's why there's so much "irrational" hate, and why people are glossing over his accomplishments. People EXPECT the game 1 heroics. That's the norm. They want more.

Just going back to MJ's last playoff series, and in Game 5 of the Finals he shot 34% and the Bulls lost by two. Its not like he never came up short in close games either.  Is this ridiculously stupid nitpicking? Absolutely, but considering LeBron has more playoff success at his age than MJ did at the same age so is the nitpicking done on LeBron.

Don't get me wrong, LeBron should've hit those free throws but its nothing more than that.

5/16/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
Maybe he makes it "easy" for his critics, but most of those critics are irrational haters anyway. The guy led a huge second half comeback in Game 1. 

Yes, but people hold him to an incredibly high standard, because they know what he's capable of. And when he misses free throws at a Shaq-like pace in crunch time and his team ends up losing by one possession, the criticism is unavoidable and deserved, imo.

LeBron isn't trying to be great. He's trying to be THE greatest. That's why there's so much "irrational" hate, and why people are glossing over his accomplishments. People EXPECT the game 1 heroics. That's the norm. They want more.

5/16/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

Pat wrote:
I have never understood that hiring. It's like owning a $500,000 car and then asking a 6-year old to drive it for you. A superstar team needs AT LEAST a respectable coach.

But still... regardless of how the plays were drawn up, it's pretty damning when the Heat lose by 3 points, and LeBron has 3 missed free throws in the last 5 minutes. He's just making it way too easy for critics.

Maybe he makes it "easy" for his critics, but most of those critics are irrational haters anyway. The guy led a huge second half comeback in Game 1. 

5/16/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
Its worth noting when we discuss LeBron not taking the "big shot" that Spo is pretty awful as of late in drawing up the last shot.

I have never understood that hiring. It's like owning a $500,000 car and then asking a 6-year old to drive it for you. A superstar team needs AT LEAST a respectable coach.

But still... regardless of how the plays were drawn up, it's pretty damning when the Heat lose by 3 points, and LeBron has 3 missed free throws in the last 5 minutes. He's just making it way too easy for critics.

5/16/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

Its worth noting when we discuss LeBron not taking the "big shot" that Spo is pretty awful as of late in drawing up the last shot.