In 21 minutes of play, Wade went 3-for-7 from the field, dropping eight points, two rebounds and four assists. This is very promising news for the Heat, as Wade was unsure if he would return at all during this month’s preseason, but assured everyone that he would be ready for the start of the 2013-14 NBA season.
Even his pal LeBron James only played in two more minutes than his star shooting guard, only making 1-of-4 attempts from the field. Chris Bosh led the way with 28 points, four rebounds, a steal and two blocks. This just shows that when one of the “Big Three” show up to play, the Heat will prevail.
Having said that, as the season rolls around and the competition becomes a little stiffer than the Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks, the Big Three will have to show up as a group, instead of just individually. As this will be Wade’s 11th season in the NBA, and this summer will rely heavily on the decision of James to stay with the Heat or take his talents elsewhere, this could be Wade’s last opportunity to make a championship run.
With all of Wade’s injuries in the past, and with James and Bosh coming in to play a huge role within the team, a weight has been lifted off Wade’s shoulders. There is no longer so much pressure on him to carry the team.
There is no doubt that this is Wade’s team; he’s been with the team since his rookie season, and won a championship way before the creation of the Big Three. However, with James being the player that he is and Bosh fitting his role on the team very well, Wade has had the opportunity to take a step back and rest his much needed ailments.
What any Heat fan can take away from this, is that Wade is slowly returning back to full form. When he is ready to take the court for a full 48 minutes, defense’s better be on alert, because this 11-year vet is still a force to be reckoned with.