Dwyane Wade can’t turn back the hands of time; there is no time machine or crazy Doc to take him back to the future. No, Wade is stuck with what he has and what he has are two crumbling knees. The star guard has tried hard to get healthy and return to the powerful force he once was on the court.
Now times have changed, and with LeBron James and Chris Bosh as teammates Wade can do less. Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat have used the star power to their advantage and rested Wade when necessary. Wade’s downfall has been back-to-backs as he has only played a complete back-to-back once this season, and he missed several games after with sore knees.
The good news is the NBA Playoffs are not back-to-back, and every game has at least one day of rest in between. Miami has gone through a stretch similar to the playoff format, and Wade has been on a tear. He has scored 20 or more points in four straight games, including a 20 point, five rebound, five assist performance in the victory over the Sacramento Kings Friday night. The Heat burned the Kings for a 122-103 win, and Bosh led the team in scoring with 25 points.
Miami is currently on a four-game win streak because of Wade and his burst of youthfulness. It is highly unlikely Wade will play a complete back-to-back at all this season, and that is just fine. He only needs to be healthy for the playoffs, and this current stretch of games has shown that Wade is healthy and ready to win a third straight championship.