The Miami Heat may have only won one of their back-to-back games, but the franchise received a promising sign that may hold the answer to the Heat’s three-peat hopes. For the majority of the NBA season, head coach Erik Spoelstra has kept Dwyane Wade on a strict maintenance program as the shooting guard has missed 16 games this season. That has also included Wade missing part of the majority of back-to-back sets for Miami.
But after the Heat lost their third straight game Sunday against the Chicago Bulls, it was all hands on deck Monday night against the Washington Wizards. It was unclear how Wade would react after a brutal overtime game against the Bulls the day before, but it was time to see if that maintenance plan had finally paid off. After recording 25 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals, Wade added 22 points, six assists and five rebounds as Miami snapped a three-game losing streak.
Wade and Spoelstra both had faced significant amounts of criticism throughout the season in regards to Wade’s absences. Even LeBron James expressed frustration as he said it was hard for the team to build chemistry without a consistent rotation. This successful consecutive set should not only silence the critics, but also build Wade’s and the team’s confidence.
Miami next plays on Wednesday night as they host the Brooklyn Nets in South Florida. Wade’s status for the game has yet to be announced, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he sits out to rest. Sunday and Monday were a lot for his knees to take, but it was necessary. The two-game set helps to return confidence in Wade, the Heat and the fans. Oh, but more importantly, it should reinstall fear amongst the league. A healthy Wade is a dangerous Wade and Miami with a dangerous Wade is nearly unstoppable.
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