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Wade goes to work in Heat win over Sixers

Posted on: March 25, 2011 11:43 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2011 11:44 pm
Dwyane Wade puts in incredible performance to finish off Sixers, spelling bad news for Philly should they meet in the playoffs. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Now that is the Dwyane Wade we've grown to know and love/fear. 

Against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Heat struggled for most of the game, trading leads and runs as they once again didn't seem to get it together. But against what could be their first round playoff opponent (Miami is just a half game back of the second seed after Boston's embarrassing loss to the Bobcats Friday night), the Heat did something they've struggled with all year: closed hard on a team above .500. And at the heat of it all was Wade. 

Wade showed the kind of explosion on both ends and fearless aggression at the rim that's been missing for much of the season. Wade took over down the stretch, gambling on passes and turning them into transition buckets and fouls.  The gear No. 3 showed tonight is what he needs to maintain the Heat's ability to make long pulls. It will naturally increase the questions as to who the real leader on the Heat is, despite LeBron James' 32-point, 10-rebound performance. Only the Heat could have a player drop 32-points, 10-rebounds, and face significant questions, but that's where we're at. 

In fact, the Triad was the best part of the Heat's performance. Non-Big-3 players only contributed 20 points and 18 rebounds, while James, Wade, and Chris Bosh combined for 91 (!) points and 31 rebounds. That's the kind of production expected as the season started, and yet the Heat were down with eight minutes to go. That's pretty much the Heat this season. 

Did we mention Wade finished with 5 blocks? Because Wade finished with 5 blocks. That's the first time since Shaquille O'Neal in 2001 that a player has finished with more than 35 points, and at least 11 rebounds, 8 assists, and 5 blocks.  It was a historic performance from Wade, made all the more impressive in the way he turned those blocks and rebounds into fastbreak opportunities. Wade initiated the offense, focused and finished. Instead of trying to force himself into more situations deferring to James and Bosh, Wade became aggressive. Simplifying the process had huge results and should serve as model for the Heat, just as it did against the Lakers weeks ago.

The Sixers failed to assert themselves at the Heat's two weakest positions. Jrue Holiday finished with 13 points and just six assists, while Elton Brand was 4-10 for eight points and eight rebounds. If you don't produce in the paint or with your point guard, you're not going to topple the Heat most times.  Should the Sixer and Heat meet in the playoffs as is infinitely possible that they could, coach Doug Collins is going to have to get better work on the glass and figure out some way to slow down Dwyane Wade. For all the criticism the Heat have suffered through this season, a run like this from Wade could change everything. Tonight was a simple reminder. 

He's still Dwyane Wade. 
Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2011 3:10 pm
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Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 12:21 pm

Wade goes to work in Heat win over Sixers

The Heat should have realized this a long time ago.  Instead of giving it off to Queen James with the game on the line, Wade should have had the ball.  Not only is he much better in the clutch, but he does not stand around and look to create for himself at the end of games. Instead, he drives to the hoop and looks for the best shot.  I remember when he was with the Cavs in the playoffs, the Queen would stand around and waste time with the ball in the fourth quarters.  And he even admitted that he is not clutch and it has showed in the playoffs the last two seasons and in several games this year.  Get the ball out of his and Bosh's hands and give it to Wade.  It is Wade's team and that is who should have the ball in close games in clutch situations.

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 11:11 am

Wade goes to work in Heat win over Sixers

Wade is the REAL MVP! He has the Game and the Heart of a Champion.

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: March 26, 2011 10:36 am

Wade goes to work in Heat win over Sixers

Heat finally getting it together!

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