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Rondo downplays foul on Dwyane Wade

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  November 1, 2012 03:09 PM

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It's been two days since the Celtics were drubbed, 120-107, by the Miami Heat, a game that ended with a flagrant foul by Rajon Rondo on Dwyane Wade. Rondo put his arm around Wade's shoulder, and Wade called what he thought was a clothesline a "punk move."

Rondo does not expect to be discliplined by the league and thinks the incident is being overblown. Earlier in the fourth quarter, Wade slipped away from Rondo for a layup and Rondo drew a technical for arguing a non-call on Wade for hooking him.

"It's how it is man, what are you trying to do, get me fined? I cannot talk about the refs," Rondo said. "On that particular play, I asked [the official] what was the reasoning, I guess. I still had my mouthpiece in, The words didn't come out correctly at first anyway. I got the tech and that's what it is. I told him that if you see the film, I told him I thought he hooked me. I walked toward him and that's where the 'Respect the Game' rules come into play and [I was] popped with a tech."

He then talked about the flagrant foul on Wade: "I didn't think it was a hard foul. He sold it a little bit and that's basketball. They were up, he drove to the hole and I wouldn't give up a layup. It's as simple as that."

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