By Ben Golliver
The verbal battle between the Heat and Celtics continued Thursday. And as far as NBA beefs go, it's fairly entertaining.
During the closing minute of the Heat's season-opening victory over the Celtics, Rajon Rondo was hit with a flagrant foul for grabbing Dwyane Wade near the neck to thwart a drive.
“That was a punk play,” Wade said afterward. “He clotheslined me with two arms.”
Considering the history between the two, Rondo wasn't about to hear that assessment without issuing a response.
ESPNBoston.com reports that Rondo swiped back at Wade.
"I mean, I don't think it was a hard foul," said Rondo. "[Wade] sold it a little bit, and that's basketball. They were up, he drove to the hole, I didn't want to give up a layup. Simple as that. I didn't yank him down, or, dirty plays that you've seen him play in the past. So that's what it is."