“I just wasn’t in the situation to get [a shot],” LeBron James said. “The way we ran the offense, D-Wade handled the ball a lot and I was more of a facilitator.”
“We need to execute,” Dwyane Wade said of the dual botched closing plays this week. “We need to get the ball to the rim.”
Couple these quotes with coach Erik Spoelstra pointing out that the Heat haven’t been able to win the a war of survival and it’s easy to see why people think the team is doing nothing less than passive aggressive finger pointing to send a message to each other.
Or in other words, Dwyane, you may have been 8-for-11, but your aggression took us out of the offense and kept LeBron from doing more than dishing out seven assists. And Chris, you and the Chosen One were unable to close the deal twice — failing to even get a shot up.
It’s the type of talk that you would expect from a young team that just loss four out five games, not a team full of veterans aiming for their third title reign. Yet we see the same undercover bickering that we saw last season when Wade and Bosh were benched in Utah and again when D-Wade declared that he wasn’t getting enough touches in the Eastern Conference Finals.
However, they go on like there are no concerns.
The postgame comments get a little snippier and the interviews a lot shorter, but they still sit with smiles on their faces, as fans hope for their sly comments to turn into slight anger on the court.