This season, the Miami Heat are looking to do something special: A 3-Peat. The defending two-time champions are off to a fairly decent start to the year, though the Indiana Pacers have stolen the limelight from them for a while with the early success they have had. For the Heat, though, it’s not about the regular season. It never was and it never will be.
It’s all about the playoffs. It’s all about getting back to the postseason; and from there, LeBron James and his crew will take things to the next level.
One guy that has been a crucial part to the success of the Heat for years has been, of course, Dwyane Wade. Although, this year has been different. If you’ve followed Wade or the Heat, you know that for the last couple of seasons his knees have bothered him in a big way. This year, it’s seemed to be taken to a whole new level. Wade is getting plenty of rest when he needs it, and the Heat miss him dearly when he’s gone.
For this reason, the Heat are reportedly looking to make a deal in order to take some pressure off of him. Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News has given us some insight as to what might happen in the near future for Miami:
“Miami is looking to deal for a young wing player who can score and take some of the load off [Dwyane] Wade. A few GMs have identified Boston’s Jordan Crawford as a player the Heat will go after in the coming days/weeks.”
Crawford has averaged 13.7 points on 44.5 percent shooting — 37.5 from beyond the arc — and 5.5 assists per game this year. After starting the season with just two 20-point games, Crawford already has four in the month of December and is averaging almost 18 points per game this month.
Asking to come in and just score the basketball when he’s given opportunities, and nothing else, should be a piece of cake for this guy. He’s 25 years old with a bright future ahead, especially when learning from all the veterans Miami has to offer. For Wade, it means a sigh of relief. He won’t have to force himself to play on days when he really shouldn’t, or doesn’t feel like it — and, for the Heat, that luxury is immeasurable.