The Miami Heat visited Madison Square Garden Saturday Night for the second time this season to take on the New York Knicks. The Heat revenged an early January loss to the Knicks, 106-91. LeBron James led the way for the defending NBA champions with 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. More importantly, Dwyane Wade showed flashes of his younger self, scoring 22 points and adding four assists and four rebounds.
It was a great sign for both Miami and Wade after the star missed four straight games in late January, playing in only his third game back. According to Erik Spoelstra and any other team sources, Wade missed a significant amount of time due to sore knees. His knees have remained a problem for the last six years and Wade underwent shock treatment last summer in hopes of alleviating some of the trouble and pain.
Supposedly, recovery time from the shock treatment is roughly six months, which Wade has spent most off playing basketball. He has missed 13 games this season and has been very inconsistent when active. At this point, the question must be asked — will Wade ever be a consistent force again?
We have seen some brilliant games out of Waded despite the bad knees, but the brilliant performances are usually followed by forgettable games. You also have to think that Spoelstra, Wade and Pat Riley are all somewhat worried at this point about the status of the shooting guard’s knees. Right now, the only consistency in Wade’s game is the soreness in his knees; it seems that they haven’t gotten better or worse, but remain in a limbo.
I would like to remain confident in Wade and his ability to continue to play the game at a high level, but I can’t help but feel like he is quickly becoming a role player and giving up his star position. They all keep saying “just wait til April. Wade’s health is most important in April.” Yes, we realize April is most important, but the fanbase and organization would like to see some consistency out of Wade now, just to ease our worries and concerns. One thing is for sure, Wade’s hay-days are way behind him.
Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantNBA, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at ShaneRantNBA@gmail.com.