Not the real one, anway.
Wade, returning after missing his first game of the season Wednesday night in Boston to rest his ailing hip, filled up the box score as usual with 27 points, eight rebounds, and six assists in 39:11. But he didn't attack the basket as fearlessly as usual and didn't have his typical explosion.
"Nah, not usual," Wade said. "But at this time of the year, what’s usual? I felt all right. I got to the basket some. I had some lift on my jump shot."
Now the Heat need a lift, and fast. It was their third straight loss, and they're 1-6 on the road since the All-Star break with eight of their final 14 games guess where? On the road. If Wade is out of gas, the Heat are done.
"It’s not scary," Wade said. "It’s a part of the game. We’re a young team. We’ve got to find a way to win games. It’s no secret. It’s going to be tough. We’re in the fifth spot right now, but in a week’s time, if you don’t get it together, you could be in the eighth or out of the playoffs."
Miami is tied with Philadelphia in the loss column for the fifth seed, with the Pistons -- Sunday's opponent at the Palace of Auburn Hills -- only two games back.
"We understand what position we’re in, but guys gotta play with a little more sense of urgency right now," Wade said. "This is not the beginning of the year. Hopefully we can light the fire under guys to understand where we’re at right now."
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was concerned after the game, and he should've been. Miami's plan to steal four days of rest and treatment for Wade's hip by giving him Wednesday night off in Boston was supposed to have rejuvenated him. Instead, Wade came back tentative and lacking the acceleration and lift that has vaulted him into the MVP discussion despite playing on such a middling team.
"This is totally disappointing to me," Spoelstra said. "We played about a quarter-and-a-half of real competitive, good basketball."
If ever the Heat needed Wade to carry them -- and he's carried them since Shaq left -- the time is now. The problem is, all the basketball he played in the summer and the wear and tear of lugging his team on his back may have caught up to him. Wade looked tired Friday night ... after four days off. And there's no more time for rest. Miami has four games in the next five nights, three of them on the road -- and two of those against teams (Indiana and Chicago) desperate to fight their way into the playoffs.
Does Wade have anything left? If not, neither do the Heat.