The San Antonio Spurs returned to the scene of the crime Saturday night, in a meaningless and harmless rematch against the team that shattered their hopes and dreams just a few months ago.
The Miami Heat continued their dominance over their Western Conference foes in a 121-96 preseason victory. Miami showed off some of their new acquisitions with Michael Beasley contributing 12 points and Roger Mason Jr. adding four points and seven rebounds.
The talk of the night had to be Dwyane Wade. The shooting guard had his best performance of the preseason and showed us all, including the Spurs, that he is healthy and out to prove something.
Wade had 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting, as well as dishing out seven assists and grabbing three steals. After the game, he said that he still wasn’t where he wanted to be and won’t be by the time Miami opens the season next week against the Chicago Bulls.
However, this is a great sign for Wade and the Heat. It was only June when Wade hobbled around the court and was all but crippled by crumbling knees.
Saturday night, he was efficient, effective, and a star in all aspects of the game. Wade scored and got his teammates involved like he is capable of. His explosiveness and defensive expertise were showcased and enjoyed.
It was a sight for sore eyes and gives Miami a sense of confidence heading into their championship defense. Wade’s resurgence is not only good news for this season but also the future. If his knees can hold up, it gives LeBron James a more appealing reason to remain in South Beach.
It is still early for the Heat and the NBA, but after producing some of his lowest playoff averages of his career, it is nice to see Wade looking a bit young and playing much stronger.