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NBA Playoffs 2012, Heat Vs. Pacers: Udonis Haslem Admits Tyler Hansbrough Hit Was Retaliation

Via Dan Le Batard at the Miami Herald comes a report that Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem's hit on Indiana Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough was in fact in retaliation for an earlier foul on Dwayne Wade.

Hell, yes, Udonis Haslem meant to foul Tyler Hansbrough like that. Would do it again, too, if given the chance. He revealed as much after practice Saturday, stitches still on his face, right eye still dark red with blood. And damn if that wounded eye didn’t sting a little bit on this big, tough man from Miami’s meanest streets as he tried to articulate exactly what Dwyane Wade means to him. Ol’ Udonis isn’t going weak, not by a long shot, but age tends to bring perspective and appreciation, and those things can soften even a man as hard as Haslem.

"I can’t imagine anything I wouldn’t do for Dwyane," he says.

Le Batard details Wade's appreciation of the hit, as he gave Haslem the game ball from Thursday's victory. As a result of the hit Haslem was suspended for Miami's game six victory. Video of the hit can be seen here.

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