The struggles of Dwyane Wade over the course of the 2013-14 NBA season have been well documented. The long-time Miami Heat shooting guard has missed 13 games this season as he continues to deal with chronic knee problems and has been on a “maintenance program” according to himself and coach Erik Spoelstra. Well, after missing his longest stretch this season of four games, Wade was a little rusty, scoring only eight points in his first game back.
Wade has had a couple of games since then and his play has gotten much better, until Monday night, when he summoned “Flash” back from the dead. We have seen glimpses of what the All-Star once was, but his nickname of Flash has fallen victim to the past. Monday night, the Heat defeated the Detroit Pistons 102-96 with Wade leading the way with 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. It was the best all-around performance he has put together all season.
Not only did Wade play great, but the entire Big 3 put together a complete performance. LeBron James had a cool 24 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds while Chris Bosh chimed in with 17 points and seven rebounds. All three players played incredible in every facet of the game and was the best combined performance of the season for the trio.
I am well aware that the defending champions were only playing Detroit, but you still have to look at this box score and go “wow.” The Big 3 combined for 71 of the 102 Heat points as well as 25 of 44 rebounds and 17 of the 24 team assists. More importantly, Wade’s performance quiets the critics, a little bit. His big performance in the victory restores some confidence for not only himself, but the team and fan base.
After suffering a rough January, Miami is off to a 2-0 start in the month of February and Wade is also averaging 26 points, seven rebounds and 4.5 assists this month. Right now it looks like the champs are gearing up for a run at the top of the East and even though the Pistons are not a great opponent, the victory is a great confidence booster for the Big 3 as a unit and the Heat as a team.
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.