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Miami is not better without Dwyane Wade. Stop it.

Jan 10, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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Dwyane Wade has sat out three games with a sore foot. The Miami Heat have won those three games. LeBron James has looked like the LeBron of the Cleveland era the past couple of games because he has to take on much more of the offense.

So of course, some people looking to stir the pot are saying that since Wade’s and LeBron’s skills overlap, this these wins show it’s time to trade Wade. The team is better without him.

Those people are wrong. Flat out wrong.

If you need more than just common sense to understand that, Zach Lowe did a good breakdown of why you’re wrong over at Sports Illustrated.

The fit issues are real, and they present Erik Spoelstra with one of the more enviable challenges in the league, especially in crunch time, when the game slows down. But it’s a challenge he has generally responded to well, installing half-court sets that feature all three Heat stars moving and this season adopting a super-charged fast-break attack. Miami is playing at the league’s fastest place, is shooting 69 percent in transition chances (per Synergy Sports) and sporting a top-five overall offense to go with its elite defense.

It’s a style they can play so well because they have two insane athletes flying down the court, capable of finishing, passing like geniuses and pushing the ball. Remove one, and attack becomes less threatening; their pace has slowed without Wade over the team’s last three games (one of which James also missed), which rank as three of Miami’s five slowest games of the season. Miami’s opponents have something to do with that slowdown — especially two games against the slow-poke Hawks — but if Miami is really going to play this fast over the long haul and win, they need both Wade and James healthy.

Spoelstra has also moved LeBron into the post more in the half court, and when Mike Miller returns healthy they have another floor-spacing threat in the half court that will open up driving lanes. Their half court offense — which they will have to run more of in the playoffs — is improving.

But with a healthy Wade and LeBron they are going to get enough easy buckets in transition that they will be very difficult to beat because they play good defense. But they need both of them to get all those easy buckets. They need both. Period.

  1. baron30 - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Dwayne Wade to the Nytes for Deron Williams and 1st

  2. bhester1906 - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Dumb post

    • aboogy123456 - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      yea really dumb article in general. Why would anyone think Wade makes the heat worse? And why would Kurt actually listen to those people to the point he needs to write an article about it.

  3. farvefromover - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    The NBA is boring

    • dirtydavis - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      You forgot the add the W before the N

  4. dirtydavis - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    LBJ > Dwayne

    • p1nch3dloaf - Jan 10, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      …at jumping ship to play with better players.

      • p1nch3dloaf - Jan 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

        “Every man for himself!”

  5. leearmon - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    This post is amazing. No actual facts to support your belief, other than the slower pace (which you then say they will need to have to win in the playoffs- and also as you mentioned, Lebron didnt play in one of those said 3 games) At some point proof, evidence FACTS to support your claim will do wonders. Im not saying that they are better OR worse with Wade, but if you’re gonna attack people with such classy lines as

    “.. some people looking to stir the pot are saying that since Wade’s and LeBron’s skills overlap, this these wins show it’s time to trade Wade. The team is better without him.Those people are wrong. Flat out wrong. If you need more than just common sense to understand that…”

    You may want to add just a small bit of evidence to back your claims up. Maybe you’re the one who’s in need of common sense.

  6. jimeejohnson - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    DWade already brought Miami a championship, and he was THE MAHN on that Miami club. King James must win a championship to be considered as good as DWade, even though Lebron is such a beast. Whoever thinks the Heat are better without DWade is a poor judge of a player’s worth to his team.

    • dirtydavis - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      Wade did have David Stern and Joe Crawford as teamates just so you know…

  7. chichi78 - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Seriously, doesn’t Bosh/Wade for Dwight make too much sense? Both teams get better. Miami gets a guy they would never get in free agency. While Wade is good, he is closing in on 30, and lets face it, most guys best years tend to be pre-30. Bosh is who he is…a guy best suited for 2nd/3rd fiddle work.

    • raidmagic - Jan 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      if that was plausable Orlando would do it in a second

  8. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Blah Blah bLAH bLAH Blah Blah Blah Bl;ah Blah Blah

    • southbeachtalent - Jan 10, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      my thoughts exactly..

  9. vicktator - Jan 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    If the Heat could get Howard for Wade or Bosh, they should do it.

  10. sfm073 - Jan 10, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Just taking wade out of the lineup doesn’t make the heat better, but if you replaced him with another legitimate superstar that isn’t the exact player lbj is then yes the heat would be better.

  11. johnnygsnake - Jan 10, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Wade Bosh and LeBron are in Miami to accomplish something and that’s a championship for the Heat!

  12. carpediaz - Jan 10, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Who’s got their head up their ass?? Trade Wade? Miami will riot. He may be from Chicago but he’s Miami’s image, you see Wade, you think Miami. Miami will sink before they let Wade go. Bron is good but he has no rings! Wade needs to be there. He’s the anchor keeping this team where it needs to be. Relax. Miami takes it all.

  13. danmarie02 - Jan 10, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    NO WAY the Heat trade Wade for ANYONE unless he asks for it…which he won’t!
    IF this line up doesn’t work, James will be the one to go. Don’t get it twisted the Heat is still Wade’s team…Wade County Miami!

  14. asublimeday - Jan 11, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    Sure, send wade on over to Chicago and watch us win another 6.

  15. crnvic847 - Jan 11, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    Bulls vs Thunder this year. Bulls in 6 for the championship. Mark my words.

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