For most of the playoffs, Dwyane Wade had been absent or tardy. Because of various injuries, Wade has struggled throughout the playoffs. His jump shot is flat and he has no legs when exploding towards the basket. Honestly Wade has been playing more like he’s the 38 year old point guard drafted in 1994. No doubt Wade has endured some injuries this season but the Heat needs him to be on his A game if they plan on winning this series.
Wade had looked lethargic for most of the playoffs and then all of a sudden last night something happened. There was about a minute left to go in the third quarter when Jason Kidd fired up a long three point shot. The shot came off the rim and ended up in a mini scrum. Dwyane Wade came up with the ball, spun out and exploded down the middle of the floor. Honestly, it is the fastest I have ever seen the man move in a couple of years. The explosion was great to see for Heat fans as he finished the play with a sweet dish to Bosh for the finish. The crowd went nuts. It was like the arena was filled with confetti as Wade has finally shown that he has arrived in the finals.
The early stages of the game were not so kind to Wade. He spent a large part of the game mulling around, drifting, playing weak defense and he seemed lethargic at best as he kind of just went through the motions on the floor. He got his shot blocked three times by Marion, Haywood, and even Jason Kidd got in on the action. I am not sure how much he is hurting, but he is really avoiding contact and is not playing like the Dwyane Wade we all have come to know.