Throughout training camp and the preseason, the energy around Wade was positive. Coaches, teammates and himself acknowledged that he was the healthiest he had been in years.
With analysts, writers and Kevin Durant questioning Wade’s stardom all summer, everyone was eager to see if all the hype was true; was “Flash” really back?
I imagined a 30-point, 8-assist and 6-rebound performance from Wade in the season opener, but what we got was quite the opposite. “Flash” was quiet for most of the night, only accumulating 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Wade said he wouldn’t be 100 percent when the season started and his performance against the Chicago Bulls was proof.
Should the defending champs be worried?
There is no reason for Miami to show concern over Wade. The All-Star guard is still getting himself back in shape. He did look to be leaner and in better shape, but it is more about getting back into the swing of things.
Also take a look at the stats for the Heat. Seven players scored in double-digits and the bench combined for 42 points. Even LeBron James and Chris Bosh had what would be considered “dull performances.” Everyone played so well as a unit, there was no need for huge, star-studded performances from the “Big 3.”
Erik Spoelstra and Miami are not concerned about Wade and his health. It is a long season that requires pacing. Wade is simply pacing himself like a veteran should. He knows when to step up and when to take the back seat.
For right now, Wade is taking it slow and steady. If his performance Tuesday night becomes a regular occurrence, then it may be time to sound the alarm. Until then, don’t worry.