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Dwyane Wade turns Kevin Garnett around backwards

Posted on: May 4, 2011 12:10 am
Edited on: May 4, 2011 12:28 am
 
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade turns Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett around backwards with a eurostep. Posted by Ben Golliver.

The story of the first two games in this year's Eastern Conference semifinals has been Miami's athletic prowess stomping all over Boston's team-oriented, tough-minded approach.

If you're looking for a signature play from the first two games, both Miami victories, you need look no further than Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade's eurostep blow-by of Celtics All-Star forward Kevin Garnett during Tuesday night's 102-91 win. Wade approached Garnett with a full head of steam in transition on a two-on-two fast break with LeBron James to his right. Garnett was back and in solid defensive position, back-pedaling to stall the play a bit as Wade approached.

As Wade his the three-point line he angled into the paint, lunging forward as if to drive hard to his dominant right hand. Garnett bit on the move and Wade perfectly executed the crossover second step, shifting his entire body weight back to the left. Garnett had no idea what just hit him, and continued to turn towards the middle, before realizing his error. As he spun full circle to attempt to contest the shot, Garnett lashed out with his left arm, contacting Wade as he rose to scoop in a right-handed lay-up. 

The most remarkable part of the move? Wade took just 2.1 seconds to go from the three-point line to the rim.

Here's a look at the video of the must-see highlight from Tuesday night.



That play was the story of the first two games in a nutshell. Garnett, back on his heels, reacting as Wade carefully picked his path, executed too flawlessly and too quickly for one of the league's premier defenders to keep up. 

Not to be overlooked in the video is LeBron James' reaction. James is full of intensity, confidence and exuberance, as if the carefully-laid Big 3 plan had come to fruition right before his eyes. 
Comments

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Dwyane Wade turns Kevin Garnett around backwards

I'm no Celtics fan and I see a travel. Garnett was in position, but if you look Wade stops dribbling about 18 feet from the basket then gathers and takes several mini steps prior to two big steps which by the letter of the law is traveling. Granted it is not often called on Wade, particuarly at home, but it is what it is. Lets be honest if someone with Wade's athleticism is allowed to scamper in from 18 feet out for a layup without taking a dribble it is going to be tough to defend, even for Garnett.



Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: May 4, 2011 3:07 pm
 

Dwyane Wade turns Kevin Garnett around backwards

HAHA TRAVEL? no chance..  how typical from Boston fans.   Get Owned.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Dwyane Wade turns Kevin Garnett around backwards

No travel there, cry baby Celtics fans. Just an old fashioned schooling. Like Garnett getting stuffed by Lebron...you shouldn't talk trash like Garnett does when you're getting emabarrassed on the floor. He's getting laughed out of the playoffs in appropriate fashion.
Turns out the "Big Three" were just a store-bought one-hit wonder. They just don't have the guts to win another one.



Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: May 4, 2011 11:09 am
 

Dwyane Wade turns Kevin Garnett around backwards

Celtics fan here.  I agree that IS a travel.  HOWEVER Rondo does that 3-4 times per game so I'm not complaining.  Its just the way the NBA is today, like it or not.  If all Pro players went back and played the college game the wistle wouldn't stop blowiing all game.



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:51 am
 

Dwyane Wade turns Kevin Garnett around backwards

Looked like a travel or some sort of crab dribble. 4 mini roadrunner steps followed by 2 long striding steps = travel.



Since: Apr 29, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:20 am
 

Dwyane Wade turns Kevin Garnett around backwards

When you getting old you cant move Smile




Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:13 am
 

Dwyane Wade turns Kevin Garnett around backwards

ouch..


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