the reason wade did it is because rip gets away with a lot of little sh*t like that, elbows, scratching, etc. as i said before, the reason ray allen started wearing double arm sleeves is because rip was grabbing him and scratching his arms with his girly nails.
When Richard Hamilton grazed him with an elbow, Wade responded with a one-arm shove that knocked Hamilton off his feet and out of bounds.
It was no subtle move. It was blatant and purposeful.
In the case of Wade, who earned a flagrant-1 for the shove, it was a career's worth of aggravation with Hamilton coming out in one fluid motion.
"It wasn't that one single elbow. It was a few," Wade said "It was an accumulation [over the years]. I love a competition, but it comes a point when you're getting hit a lot, and it's not seen. The only way you can bring attention to it is to bring attention to it.
"I knew that would bring attention to it and they would watch us really closely. Now you can see what's going on."
Wade's goal -- though it's doubtful he truly thought this through in the millisecond he decided to fire back at Hamilton -- was to make sure Hamilton doesn't get away with some of his tactics in the postseason.
Will it work? Who knows. But you can bet that altercation will be shown hundreds of times before these two teams meet in a playoff series. So if it brings attention to their matchup, then Wade gets what he wants.
that's my evil genius shooting god