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Heat's Dwyane Wade wants more 'opportunities' to help his team

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Wade wants to help but can he still help? (USATSI)
Dwyane Wade wants to help but can he still help? (USATSI)

INDIANAPOLIS -- One major obstacle between the Miami Heat and and NBA Finals is a lack of production from Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, two of the Big Three, with much of that credit going to some stifling Pacers defense in the Eastern Conference finals.

Tell us something we don't know, right? Well, sounds like Wade did after Saturday's Game 6 loss, which forces a Game 7 Monday night. Wade intimates something's not right with Miami's offense, and that something is not enough touches for options No. 2 and 3, otherwise known as Wade and Bosh.

"We have to do a good job of getting opportunities for me and Chris to succeed," Wade said Saturday night. "It's something we're going to have to look at as a team. ..."

"We've got to figure it out in this locker room," he continuted. "And not leave it to an individual to self-will it."

Hard to say if Wade's saying LeBron James is shooting too much, but there is no doubt he is doing more with his attempts -- though James didn't exactly light it up (10 of 21) in Game 6. But those numbers are downright gaudy when compared to Wade (3 of 11) and Bosh (1 of 8) going a combined 4 of 19.

For the series, Wade has been almost nonexistent. After averaging 21.2 points on 52.1 percent shooting in 69 regular season games, his production has plummeted to 14.5 points on 44.2 percent from the field in this series.

Wade is taking three fewer shots and nearly two fewer free throws per game. When he is on the court, he looks timid and unable to find the muscle memory on moves that have made him so successful. Throw in the tenacious defense from Paul George and Lance Stephenson and a knee that isn't close to 100 percent and it's easy to see why Wade gas played so poorly.

However, he's not really saying his play has been down, just that he and Bosh need more shots.

Bosh's production has gone from 16.6 points per game on 53.5 percent from the field in the regular season to 11.3 points on 41.1 percent shooting against the Pacers. When he gets the ball, he rarely looks to take the ball inside against the length and wingspans of Roy Hibbert and David West. Instead he's opting for perimeter shots, forgetting he should have a quickness advantage against his slower defenders.

Maybe they do need more touches in order to get going, but the Heat don't have a lot of time to see if their games are going to show up on any given night. With Game 7 acting as both a closeout and elimination game on Monday, Miami can't afford to waste possessions to make Wade feel like more of a contributor.

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