Dwayne Wade was unhappy with the Indiana Pacers celebrating on his home court, after they defeated the Miami Heat in game two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Tuesday night. Wade should be upset. The Miami Heat were (and still are) the overwhelming favorites in this series, and they blew home court advantage against an Indiana team that has only won one NBA Playoff series since 2005. Wade won his first and only NBA title a year after that, in the 05-06 season, as a third-year player in the NBA. Perhaps, between all the flash and fireworks of Miami’s “Big Three” announcement, Wade forgot what it was like to be young, wild, and hungry in the NBA.
After the Indiana Pacers outlasted the Miami Heat for an ugly 78-75 victory, a few of the Indiana players threw up high-fives and jumped up for chest bumps in celebration. This joy lasted only momentarily, as veteran forward David West ushered his team off of Miami’s home court. West was shouting at his team, holding up a single finger, to indicate that this win was only one game in a long series. So, even though the Indiana celebration was small and stifled, it seemed to ruffle Wade’s feathers.
“I saw their little celebration at the end,” Wade said, after the loss. “I don’t know if they didn’t expect to win, but every night we go out on the court, we expect to win.”
Wade’s comments are ridiculous, inaccurate, and hypocritical. In sports history, there has never been more of a pre-emptive celebration than when Miami’s “Big Three” decided to join forces. Wade himself took part in an infamous home court celebration, which had more fireworks and dancing girls than a Las Vegas casino show. The fact that Wade decided to call out Indiana, for winning their biggest game in nearly a decade, shows that he is shaken by the pressure the Pacers have put on his team.
To be honest, Wade has no room to say anything about anybody, because he was lucky to not be suspended for an open-lane cheap shot that he put on Pacers guard Darren Collison in game two. Wade hit Collison in the back on an open break, when neither player was close to the ball in play at the time. This incident is at least the third time this season that Wade has taken his aggressions out on another player, including when he broke Kobe Bryant’s nose during this year’s NBA All-Star Game.
The Heat may still win this series. Miami may go on to win another NBA title. But if they don’t win it all, this Miami Heat team will go down as one of the most overrated and shallow teams in all of sports history.