It was one foul in one meaningless all-star game, but all of a sudden, one play has changed the face, so to speak, of the upcoming Heat-Lakers game.
Dwyane Wade swiped at Kobe Bryant's face as he drove to the basket. He struck him right in the face and Bryant immediately grabbed for his nose.
Bryant was bleeding from his nose but remained in the game. Little did anyone know at the time that Kobe had suffered a broken nose. That was later revealed in a CT scan. Now, the Miami-Los Angeles rivalry has a little added drama before Sunday's showdown in L.A.
Wade says it was just a harmless foul and he did not intend to hurt Kobe. He did point out that Bryant had fouled him a couple of times during the game and it's just part of playing basketball.
Do I believe him? Of course I do. I can't imagine Wade was looking to injure Bryant or send a message to the Lakers star in an exhibition game. Still, it makes you wonder what Kobe will think about the play.
At this point, we don't know. But, I do know the Lakers have been struggling of late and will take any extra motivation they can get against a superior Miami team.
So, the point is, expect some potential fireworks on Sunday. Like a power hitter getting hit by a pitch and a pitcher then hitting a star on the opposing team, I expect a physical game on Sunday.
Oh by the way, did I mention you can watch the Heat-Lakers game on Ch 10 at 3:30 p.m.? Yes, nothing like a broken nose to add some interest to a match-up of title contenders.