Apparently, assumptions are just as bad to make in the NBA as they are in life because just yesterday morning, I expected Dwyane Wade to miss the second game of the Miami Heat’s back-to-back tour. After all, he had only played on consecutive nights twice this season. So I thought I had the pattern down.
Then coach Erik Spoelstra threw us a curveball, telling ESPN, “People made sweeping assumptions that he won’t play any [games] back-to-back, but that’s never been the case. When we say everything is day-to-day, that’s what we mean.” And that’s what Heat fans were grateful for.
Wade’s legs were lively while LeBron James was quietly coming down off the high of his explosive first half. While D-Wade was taking charge, the Chosen One was only putting up four points in the last 24 minutes. Things were so lopsided that James even took to pulling down rebounds, then passing the ball to Wade to run the offense.
It was a far cry from Sunday’s game vs. the Chicago Bulls, when the Heat stopped looking his way. They actually allowed him to experience a flashback to a time when he had to do everything on the court for his team to win.
He grabbed five rebounds, dished out six assists and even got a swat on the 6-foot-11 Marcin Gortat. But the fourth quarter is where he did the most damage, dropping 13 of his 22 points while having a hand in 20 of the team’s last 26 points. This was almost vintage D-Wade. The type of D-Wade that fans hope can be healthy enough to put pressure on the Indiana Pacers.
That’s the guy that pundits believe holds the key to the NBA Championship, if his knees can hold up.