The shot Wade took, albeit completely unintentional, was as vicious as it sounded. Sanders went up and blocked Wade's shot attempt, leading to Wade crashing head-first into Sanders' rock-hard hip.
Wade went to the floor and spent the ensuing possession writhing in pain. He had to be helped off the court and administered a concussion test before being allowed to come back.
After the game, Wade tweeted about the impact the hit had.
Seriously the scariest moment in my basketball career so far. God is good. I should have had a concussion or something #iwalkwithangels— Way of WADE (@DwyaneWade) March 16, 2013
Wade didn't return to the game until halfway through the second quarter, and he was concerned about some numbness that he experienced following the collision (Via Chris Tomasson).
When I watched it… I saw (Larry Sanders’) hip hit me in the head and I went down fast. The doctors made sure I was fine. They did a concussion test.
The toughest part of it is I put my hands (down and they) took most of it. So my hands were numb for a while. But (doctors) made sure I stayed back until everything came back and I was able to feel everything with what they were doing and I was able to get back on the court.
There seems to be an elevated level of concern over Wade's health in recent years, especially after seeing him struggle with his knees back in 2007 and 2008.
While calling him injury-prone would be way off base, his style of play is definitely one of the more dangerous in the league.
Wade, like most athletic shooting guards or small forwards, bases his game around slashing to the rim, playing in the isolation and leading fast breaks.
He may not be banging around in the paint like some of the league's bigger players, but he's constantly throwing himself into harm's way among larger men.
We've seen him get hurt in the past, and we watch him play the same way every game, so when a hit like this comes down and leaves him on his back, it's easy to be concerned.