The Miami Heat has been on a tear recently, going 5-6 on a grueling road-trip that spanned over the course of almost an entire month. Additionally, they have come within a game and a half of the East-leading Indiana Pacers. Much of this is due to how LeBron James has responded to many already handing the MVP crown to Kevin Durant, but what is also occuring under this teams surface is the resurgence of Dwyane Wade.
On top of Wade currently being in one of the most efficient shooting seasons of his career, he has also averaged 20 points, 8.0 assists, 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals over the last three games. These are near MVP caliber numbers, and Wade is still just the second best player on his own team. That is ridiculous.
Wade will most likely miss more games as we near the end of the regular season, but the fact that he is able to turn on this type of dominance when healthy is an extremely promising sign for Miami and their run in the playoffs. Since the formation of Miami’s Big Three, Wade has not been able to remain healthy through Miami’s previous playoff bouts. This has been a major factor as to why Miami has struggled in certain playoff series over the last few years; this season seems to be different though. Both the training and coaching staff have made Wade’s health an absolute priority, and this is the main reason why he has missed so many games.
With this Miami team beginning to round into playoff form, Wade’s health is arguably the biggest question mark for the defending champs as they head into their fourth playoff run together. If Wade can string together performances in the playoffs like he has done over the last few games, the road to a three-peat could be much easier for the Miami Heat.