The Miami Heat always are at the center of attention in the media world and why wouldn’t they be? When you have Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and, of course, LeBron James on your team and you have won consecutive NBA championships, you’re going to be the talk of the town.
Well, Miami sure has been the focus of the media this season, but it seems to be for all the wrong reasons. It hasn’t exactly been the start that everyone expected from the Heat with losses to the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics, but there is no need to panic.
As for Wade, many would say it has been a shaky start. I, however, will say that Wade’s play is encouraging and positive.
So what if “Flash” only had eight points in the victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night? So what if Wade only took seven shots? His play actually shows more about his character and basketball intelligence than his abilities.
Wade realizes that he does not have to be “the one” night in and night out. He realizes that he doesn’t have to take 20 shots a game and score 35 points every outing. He acknowledged during training camp that he is “the second option” and he knows he is surrounded by weapons.
Look at the production Miami received Tuesday night. James had 33 points, Mario Chalmers had 15 and Michael Beasley added a season-high 19 points. 11 different players scored for the Heat and the bench contributed 47 points. Wade could have taken the night off with the entire team playing so well.
There was no need for Wade to push the envelope or force anything against the Bucks. Miami has so many different weapons; there will be nights where Wade, Bosh or James don’t put up big numbers and they won’t need to.
I would like to bring attention to one other detail, the rest of Wade’s stats. The All-Star guard had eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals. If Wade doesn’t give you a ton of points, he will find other ways to help his team. That is the sign of a great player.
There will be reports and articles that show concern for Wade because he only scored eight points, but this isn’t one of those articles. It was only the eighth game of the season and Flash has stressed the importance of pacing himself.
Miami has no need to worry about Wade; it was one game and he still stuffed the stat sheet. Now, if he only scored eight points in a playoff game, start a riot, but in only the eighth game of the season? Relax, it will all be OK.