“All the chatter and all the stuff, it’ll still end up being decided between the lines,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “And it’ll be decided by the rules of the game.”
Wade sounded somewhat amused that Granger - who’s been whistled for three technicals in the series - was one of the Pacers suggesting Haslem and Pittman should be suspended. Wade and Granger have had words during the series.
“We’re not in here crying about the fouls,” Wade said. “They fouled us. … We’re moving on to Game 6. We’re not going to worry about what happened in Game 5. For us, it’s about moving forward.”
There were a number of other hard fouls in Game 5 that were not considered flagrant but continued the trend of what’s become a physical series. Indiana forward David West — who left Tuesday’s game with what the team called a sprained knee, though he insisted Wednesday he was not hurt — took exception to a play where he was knocked backward, saying a Heat player fell into his knee.
Not long afterward, he fouled James, who said he saw it coming.
“He was the one on the floor and I was the one still standing,” James said. “So I started laughing at that. But he tried to get me.”
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