“It’s now or never,” said Dwyane Wade during the pregame huddle. “Our backs against the wall. How are we going to respond?”
Well, the Miami Heat responded with aggression while Wade responded by doing his best Chris Bosh impression. Wade stepped on the court with the mentality of shoot it until you make it. Fortunately, he came out making it — and it seemed like he never stopped.
“No, I don’t feel like it’s 2006,” said Wade via USAtoday.com. “But it felt good.”
It might not have felt like 2006 to him, but to everyone watching, that was the same “Flash” that buried the Dallas Mavericks on his way to an NBA Championship. In the words of Jeff Van Gundy, Wade was doing a little bit of everything.
He grabbed rebounds, he blocked shots, he made shots and he had steals. There was nothing he couldn’t do. It was the closest we had come to the Wade of old in a long time.
He wasn’t looking to defer or get anyone else going. There was no sacrifice — there was just disgust. And it was written all over his face. Especially when the San Antonio Spurs would put Tiago Splitter or Boris Diaw on him. He looked like he took it as the ultimate sign of disrespect. And he carried it through the entire game.
You can’t help but to wonder if he can keep the motivation for another two games.
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Richard Nurse is a Miami Heat columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @blackirishpr.