Dwyane Wade has been on a tear as of late, and no one really saw it coming. When Wade returned from his hamstring injury on February 20th versus the New York Knicks he shot 4-10 from the field, which was good for just 12 points and 4 assists. Including that game, Wade took 110 shots and only made 45 of them, giving him a shooting percentage of 40.9% during that game stretch. Wade’s career low field goal percentage is 46.5, which came in his first year in the NBA. That meant you could tell something was wrong with Wade.
Wade was able to get things on track against the Lakers on March 4th, as he scored 25 points while grabbing 5 rebounds, and dishing out six assists. Wade didn’t play in the Heat’s 99-97 lost to the Washington Wizards, but in the last six games he’s played he’s averaging 28.7 points and making over half of his shots as he has made 62 shots out of 118 shots during the stretch. He is being vintage Wade.
The Heat will need vintage Dwyane Wade if they hope to make the playoffs. Wade has already lead his team to the playoffs with a big months in March and April, as if you go all the way back to the 2008-2009 Heat team before the Big even existed, Wade was by himself leading Miami.
In 2008-2009, Wade averaged 33.7 points per game in March with 5.3 rebounds and 7.9 assists, as the Heat won 8 games during the month of March that season. Wade’s April was just as good, as he averaged 33.5 points with 5.2 rebounds, and 7.2 assists, as he was able to rest the final two Heat games of that season, as he was able to get the Heat into the playoffs. Wade put up a career high 55 points against the Knicks that was the clincher for the Heat. Wade also tacked on 9 rebounds and 4 assists during the game.
Wade’s current March averages are 26.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 5.7 assists. While those may not be the incredible numbers Wade was putting years ago, it’s still incredible to see how he steps up in the big areas. Plus, he also has a better team around him where he doesn’t have to do everything like he did in 2008-2009.
Wade’s also playing big against former teammate LeBron James, as you know Wade takes games against LeBron very personally as we could tell from past games and even when they played on the same team in Miami , all-star games, and national teams.
“He did it again”, LeBron James said. When his pullup is going, you can’t do much with him.”
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra on Dwyane Wade’s performance as of late.
“He was vintage. He understands moments as well as anybody in this league.”
Wade’s six straight twenty-five plus point games understand that he knows what it takes to win, but the question is can it be enough this time around for the Miami Heat?
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