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James, Wade tinker with shot selection

The Sports Xchange

For as much notice as LeBron James has received for his increased post play, Dwyane Wade has subtly also taken his half-court offense closer to the basket.

The result has been higher-percentage scoring opportunities for each of the Heat's perimeter stars.

Wade joked how his move into the post has largely gone unnoticed.

"Yeah, they aren't talking about my post game at all," Wade said, with his post success continuing even as the Heat fell 99-98 Friday to the Utah Jazz, with the Heat's three-game western swing to conclude Sunday against the Lakers at Staples Center. "Some of it is play calls. Some of it is just a read of the game."

The upshot is Wade and James now have to pick their spots in the post.

"We communicate a lot as players," Wade said. "A lot of it is a look, too. Sometimes you just feel it and you just want to get down there."

Wade said the benefit in having a pair of post-up perimeter threats is when the ball is moving side to side.

"It's good offense for us," he said, "because sometimes when they bring double-teams, we're able to kick it out, get ball movement, swing it around and then it's a high-percentage shot.

"It's something that we've both made a concerted effort of making sure we get to it."

Wade said he enjoys the post as a change of pace.

"Obviously I'm comfortable down there," he said. "So I'm just trying to take advantage of certain matchups."

For his part, James said his percentage of post play might have been overstated.

"I think people are getting out of control with saying that my shot selection has changed," he said. "My shot selection hasn't changed much. What I'm taking is changed a little bit.

"I've more dialed down on shooting 3s and posted up more this year."

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