… is more than just a “hard foul”. Given the circumstance of the game – a game where the players are actively getting out of the way of offense – I don’t think anyone would feel that this foul was a reasonable expectation.
From the NBA rulebook:
Section IV–Flagrant Foul
a. If contact committed against a player, with or without the ball, is interpreted to be unnecessary, a flagrant foul–penalty (1) will be assessed. A personal foul is charged to the offender and a team foul is charged to the team.
I fail to see how could Wade’s arms coming down hard from behind across Bryant’s arms and face be interpreted as ‘necessary’, or part of an act of playing basketball. Take into account the situation, and how the rest of the players were conducting the game, it was particularly vicious.
But nothing’ll come of it. Hell, it’s Miami after all!