Apparently, Dwyane Wade owns more shoes than his wife, Gabrielle Union – that’s according to USA Today’s Greg Presto. When asked about this, he simply said it’s a product of him being an athlete, so by default, he indeed defeats his wife in that department. He also happens to sport more championship rings than LeBron James and on a Monday night down in South Beach, he sought to remind the four-time league MVP of that very thing with his sensational play.
Led by Wade’s 32 points on 13-of-18 shooting, the Miami Heat defeated James’ Cavs by a final score of 106-92. Mario Chalmers added 16 points off the bench and Hassan Whiteside continued his emergence by contributing 16 points and 11 rebounds.
After the game, Wade said that this was an important game for his team because they are fighting for a playoff spot and he is fully aware that the regular season is coming to an end soon.
In the seven games he has played in March, Wade has averaged 26.9 points per game on 51% shooting and has added 5.1 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per contest to go along with his scoring. As you can see, the three-time champion is providing his team with a much needed boost that will be critical in their postseason push.
It seems like every season, there are trepidations surrounding Wade’s health. He’s only played in 48 of the team’s 66 games on the year. In light of the significant injury to Chris Bosh, the Heat are hoping that the 11-year veteran will find the fountain of youth to be able to withstand the arduousness that a grueling NBA schedule presents.
Theoretically, coach Erik Spoelstra would like to preserve the ailing knees of his superstar player, but with the season on the line and eight of their last 16 coming against teams with winning records, it will be a daunting task.
You can’t help but wonder what this team would look like with the services of Chris Bosh, who will miss the remainder of the season due to blood clots on his lung. At the trade deadline, a blockbuster trade brought Goran Dragic to Miami and gave the Heat one of the most formidable starting lineups in the league. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to quite see what would come of this group.
According to ESPN Stat’s and Info, the win over the Cavs improved Wade’s career head-to-head record with LeBron to 11-13. How exciting would it be to see these two teams meet in the playoffs?
The injury to Bosh was extremely significant because it might have diluted the excitement emanating from a possible match-up between the Heat and Cavs in the postseason. But all of a sudden, Wade looks rejuvenated and his teams sits in the eighth spot with a chance to move up in the Eastern Conference.
In the piece written by Greg Presto on USA Today, Wade says that one thing he misses about college basketball is the atmosphere and how every game meant so much, which differs from the NBA.
Well judging the outlook of the rest of this season, the Heat’s playoff hopes are hanging on thin strings. So hopefully, Wade feels like he’s in college right about now because for the rest of the Heat’s 2014-15 season, every game will indeed be significant.
After four straight trips to the Finals, will that streak finally end in South Beach? The odds makers, analysts and the entire world outside of Miami says yes. We’ll see what Wade has to say about that, and even still, it might not be enough.