A night of classic finishes and memorable game-winners was overshadowed by some controversial cheap shots. What's worse is that they came from high-profile individuals, including Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade and J.R. Smith.
Although, not everyone agreed on the level of "dirty" for each play. That's why they invented Twitter.
Dwight seems to think he's the victim here:
Dwight disagreed with the ejection: "You can't put me on a different scale because I'm a strong guy. A foul is a foul."— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 27, 2012
Kobe Bryant agreeing with the call felt like a direct shot at Dwight. Usually, teammates have each others' backs on plays like this.
Kobe Bryant on Howard's foul: "I think it was the right call."— Mark Medina (@MedinaLakersNBA) December 27, 2012
I believe "mush job" is defined as a palm to the face. If so, this is an accurate description:
Howard ejected after flagrant two on Manimal. Thought it was just the fall, but no, that was a full speed mush job— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) December 27, 2012
Marlon Wayans sounds like a Laker fan...
That was a foul but not flagrant— marlon wayans (@MARLONLWAYANS) December 26, 2012
Before hitting a baller game-winner against the Suns, Smith nearly ruined Goran Dragic's season with a shady nudge as he was exploding up at the rim.
Just watched the Knicks Suns highlights....hard to be too excited for JR Smith hitting the game winner after that scumbag foul on Dragic— Bill Sall (@WilyMoMoonshot) December 27, 2012
When the Knicks had Charles Oakley, Patrick Ewing, John Starks and Anthony Mason, this might have considered a routine play.
Doubtful sounds promising after hearing the diagnosis:
Goran Dragic doubtful to return with contusions to his wrist, hip, and back after taking a flagrant foul from J.R. Smith.— NBA Fantasy (@NBAFantasy) December 27, 2012
Not many words for what Dwyane Wade did. "This is bad" does the job.
"Cup check one-two, cup check one-two."
Dwyane Wade just gave Ramon Sessions a cup check. Ramon failed.— Chris Towers (@CTowersCBS) December 27, 2012
This isn't the only reason fans don't like Miami, but it won't help them change their minds.
So D-Wade just KICKED Ramon Sessions in the mommy-daddy button.No call.And Heat fans wonder why people hate their team.— Mike Solarte (@MikeSolarte) December 27, 2012