Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade Is Still Wowing The Doubters

By Richard Nurse
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It was supposed to be a battle of two potential championship teams. The media hyped it as Chris Paul’s Los Angeles Clippers versus LeBron JamesMiami Heat — a statement game if you will.

But, the true statement came from Dwyane Wade. He went out Thursday night and did his best to humiliate whomever the Clippers selected to guard him. Unfortunately for J.J. Redick, he was the guard that Doc Rivers sacrificed. That couldn’t have been more evident than when Wade made Redick dance with a crossover, jumped backwards and drained his patented step-back baseline jumper.

And when Redick got his toes untangled, he made matters worse by knocking him down for a 3-point play.

Wade owned the matchup as well as a fourth quarter that saw him thrive with a lineup of shooters that everyone who watched the 2013 NBA Finals felt that James worked best with. However, D-Wade had himself looking like King James by finding open threats out of the double-team. He also wasted no time abusing his legs with nothing but jumpers. His game stayed versatile from the post to driving to the rim, to banking on the mid-range shots.

By now, you would think that the world would stop doubting D-Wade. He carried the Heat to their first title in 2006, dominated the 2012 NBA Finals with 23 points per game and gave the San Antonio Spurs a few flashbacks of “Flash” in 2013. However, “Everyone said he was done,” Erik Spoelstra said via ESPN. “Go figure.”

Since sitting out against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wade has been averaging 22.5 points, 5.3 assists, five rebounds and is shooting over 50 percent. The scary part is, people like LeBron “don’t think he’s even 100 percent yet.”

Things could get interesting.

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