Miami Heat: How Effective Will Dwyane Wade Be Against the New York Knicks?

By Jared Doyle
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Miami Heat are heading on a six-game road trip that starts with a stop in the New York area to take on both the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets in a back-to-back set. As of right now, Dwyane Wade’s status for this game is up in the air, but this shouldn’t be a surprise for anyone considering it has been like this all season. Wade’s availability usually isn’t made known until about an hour before tipoff.

Wade has been dominating his opponents the last few games, and he has even played three games in four nights recently. This is an extremely promising sign considering Wade’s early season struggles in playing back-to back games. With such improvement recently, Wade will most likely give it a go tonight against the struggling Knicks. The real question is, how effective will he be with such heavy playing time?

If the past few games are an example, Wade will continue his dominant streak. Not only is Wade shooting a career-high average of 54 percent from the field while averaging the second lowest minutes per game of his career, but he is also shooting a scorching 39 percent from beyond the arc. Considering Wade has never gotten above 30 percent in each of his last ten seasons, this speaks to how Wade has evolved his game to become a lot more of an efficient offensive player.

Wade’s domination of the game will continue tonight against the lowly Knicks, and expect big numbers in the rebounding department since Tyson Chandler will be missing the game due to the flu. Look for a stat line close to what he put up against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night (22 points, eight rebounds, eight assists). Wade will once again be completely dominant statically across the board.

Jared Doyle is a Miami Heat writer for Follow him on Twitter @outofboundsjay, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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