Regaining rhythm is never easy for a player of Dwyane Wade’s caliber, especially when he has missed nearly a third of the regular season. Although his health has been a topic of major conversation over the last few months, one aspect of his game that has hasn’t been affected by the lack of rhythm is his shot selection. Wade is shooting near 55 percent from the field this season, which is a three percent jump from last year when he didn’t miss nearly as many games.
Throughout the Miami Heat‘s first-round playoff matchup against the Charlotte Bobcats, Wade was able to average 17.5 points, 3.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field. This was the fifth-highest shooting mark for the team in this series and the second highest out of the backcourt. Although these numbers are slightly lower than his season averages, Wade was still on a slight minutes restriction in the first round, so the next round will give him the opportunity to expand on those averages even further.
Wade has to maintain his efficient shooting percentages in order to keep the Heat’s offense devastating against other teams. What makes the Heat so hard to guard is the fact that as a team, they have multiple players who can score from many different areas on the court in so many different ways. Wade has made more of a living from mid-range and post-up moves this season, which is a major reason why his field goal percentage has shot up.
Even though Wade missed a slew of games this season, his overall health seems to be in a great place entering the playoffs. His production through the first round was exactly what the Heat needed to sweep the Bobcats, but the second round wont be so forgiving, regardless of the opponent. Wade has to maintain his efficient shooting mark if the Heat want to make it back for a fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance.