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Dwyane Wade’s leg injury back, that’s just one of his problems

May 18, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

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Dwyane Wade just had the worst playoff game of his career.

Thursday night the Heat ran some sets just for Wade early yet he was scoreless in the first half and eventually finished the game 2-13 shooting with five turnovers to one assist. He was frustrated, which led to him jawing some at coach Erik Spoelstra. His meltdown was the front wave of the Heat’s Game 3 collapse.

Part of his performance was because the lower leg injury that had him missing games earlier this season has returned, reports Michael Wallace at ESPN.

Wade is dealing with lingering injuries that forced him to miss several games late in the regular season, and the Miami Heat guard required treatment in recent days for knee and leg soreness, sources told on Thursday.

Wade wouldn’t discuss the injury, nor would he discuss the incident with Spoelstra (saying he didn’t even remember it).

That said, it is clearly impacting his play — that was not the normal Wade out there Thursday. He wasn’t attacking with his regular abandon, rather he settled for jumpers. Indy is doing a nice job of throwing different defenders and looks at Wade, but he is still one of the game’s elite scorers. He can get his. Well, he can when healthy.

Wade’s poor performance combined with the now threatening Miami elimination in the second round had some fans Friday suggesting Wade should be traded. Fortunately Heat management would never do something so idiotic. First off, there just are not enough players of his quality on the planet and you could never get equal value back. Second, this is the guy who stuck with the Heat through some very lean years and helped recruit the talent they have now — and you’ll coldly dump him after one playoff series? That’s how you end up with Isiah Thomas’ Knicks roster.

Miami has a lot of problems, starting with the fact the Pacers are good. Miami was going to have to play well to beat them, and they sorely miss Chris Bosh’s size and ability to pull bigs out of the paint with his jump shot. Now add to that a hobbled Wade and it may be too much for Miami to overcome.

We will find out Sunday because if the Heat don’t win then and go down 3-1 the Heat’s problems will become insurmountable.

  1. reesesteel23 - May 18, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    He wasnt playing hard from the start. Something had to be going on, just didnt know what. Pacers whooped that ass I know that much. lol

  2. metalhead65 - May 18, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    thanks kurt we knew it was only a matter of time before the excuse came as to why the are losing,could not possibly be anything the pacers are doing right? funny there was no mention of this when the heat won the first game was there?

  3. storebrandcookies - May 18, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    This is why I think the “Big 3” or jam your roster with superstars has its flaws. Like Bosh, he got injured and the Heat have to rely on Lebron and Wade and one of the worst benches left in the playoffs. Now with Wade and his leg concerns, the heat are left with Lebron, whats left of Wade and that awful bench.

    This why a team like San Antonio is cruising through the playoffs because of that deep bench and how it can play quality minutes for them.

    • borderline1988 - May 18, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      It’s not exactly easy to build a deep team like San Antonio or OKC….so much of that is about getting seriously lucky in the draft, and even then, you might end up like Portland. Look at all the bottom feeders who are trying to build via the draft. It’s not like OKC’s management had superior scouting systems, they just got incredibly lucky with landing Durant, and then with Westbrook and Harden panning out.

      The Celtics and Lakers both proved that having a relatively short bench can work, if you have 3 stars. They both only had a couple of rotation players after their starters, who weren’t exactly mind-blowing players (it’s not like Battier, Miller, Haslem, Jones, etc. are any worse than House, Glen Davis, etc.)

      I think the issue is more that Lebron and Wade are not complimentary players. Lebron has adjusted better to playing off the ball. Wade has always been tremendous on the fastbreak, but he seems like he can’t adjust to not having the ball in his hand on most plays. His offense in the half-court seems to have been floundering since the beginning of last year.
      Bosh may not be as individually talented as Lebron or Wade, but he makes for an excellenct complimentary player b/c he can shoot or roll to the basket, and can carry the offense if necessary or if there is a mismatch.

      • beefalo23 - May 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

        OKC management is Spurs developed, so no surpise there. I don’t remember anyone in the mainstream sports media cutting the Spurs any slack last year when Ginoboli had a broken hand & Duncan’s knees were in a major mess. Wade’s got a boo-boo…LMFAO

    • savvybynature - May 18, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      Also seems possible the Heat don’t attract hungry players in free agency because of the Big 3, they attract players on the decline hoping to get a ring on the “Big 3’s” coattails.

      I’ve always respected Battier but did he get this much worse since last year or did he not work as hard all season because he didn’t think he’d need too? Is it possible the it-will-be-easy-to-get-rings-now ethos has permeated throughout the organization to the point that complementary players believed it also and now aren’t prepared to earn it? Chalmers plays with fire but no one else that I’ve seen.

  4. illegalblues - May 18, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    with wade’s style of play, i think these lingering injuries are going to become ever more common, even next year and a non-screwed up lockout schedule. i think it’s only a matter of time before he falls off the proverbial cliff.

  5. buffalowned - May 18, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    So if they were able to create cap space by trading wade for someone like Goran dragic and another bench player then sign al Jefferson that would be idiotic? Cause that would seem pretty smart to me from a basketball perspective

  6. ezmagic - May 18, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Hahaha! What a sorry a$$ lame excuse. Don’t blame injuries if there even is one. Most players aren’t 100% anyway at this part of the season. You had a horrific game cause you did. Don’t blame the leg. Leg looked fine when he caught up and tackled collision from behind in game 2

  7. Chris Ross - May 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Okay Wade is hurt but it’s not just the one explanation for why the Heat are failing or one person to blame for the their failings. It’s a whole combination of things I think and just the fact that their team might not be good enough at this point. Chris Bosh is actually so valuable to their team and without him you see their deficiencies are magnified times a billion. Everyone is going to be clamouring for Speolstra’s job and that Lebron is not a gamer but I think it’s a blend of everything. Going to be very interesting to see how this one turns out, especially if the Heat do get ousted by the Pacers.

  8. hoosiercolts - May 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Excuses, excuses, excuses. The Pacers have won the last two games (this last one.. They waxed the Heat badly) and really should have won game 1. Give some damn credit where credit is due, the Pacers have been over looked all season long and this is the national sports media’s wake up call. The real story line is that the Pacers self destructed in game 1 and gave that game to the Heat. These past two games….. Just the Pacers proving that they are the better TEAM and not just two stars and a bunch of hype.

  9. merchie89 - May 18, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    The Heat not accepting a Wade for Tony Allen and Marc Gasol is idiotic PBT writer man

  10. danj3678 - May 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Only got 2 more years max with Wade at this level.. Injuries are going to start to pile up for him.. which is sad because I like Wade.. However I hate LBJ and I hope he is stuck out there by himself with Chalmers, Haslem, Miller, and no Wade to help

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 18, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      If he stopped flopping so much and throwing himself to the floor every single time he attempted a shot, this wouldn’t happen.

  11. cantonbound13 - May 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Maybe he hurt himself flopping.

  12. johnnygsnake - May 18, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    First of all it’s not over yet have y’all heard the fat lady sing NO !!!! For all y’all heat haters don’t be surprise if the heat come out Sunday with a deferent ball game …

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      But you whining about “haters” qualifies as the fat lady singing. Just the same. A couple of octaves lower, though.

    • slowclyde86 - May 18, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      It seems reasonable to deduct 50 IQ points (at a minimum) from anyone who uses the term “haters” in normal conversation. Thanks for confirming my hypothesis.

  13. metalhead65 - May 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    and if they do you will not here one word about any pacer injuries being responsible for the heat win, hibbert and granger could both be carted off and will be all about the heat rising to the occasion. you also will not hear a peep about a wade injury if they win.

  14. chiadam - May 18, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    No one is suggesting Wade should be traded as a form of punishment. He should be traded as a function of building a complete team that can win a title. Wade and James play the same game. They dilute each other. Wade’s best games come at the expense of James, and vice versa. If getting a competent point guard and center in return for a player you already have a younger and better version of is idiotic, then winning rings is also idiotic. Helin is just another honk that looks at stats on a page and allows them to govern his basketball logic.

  15. franchiseplaya - May 18, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    i hope that the Pacers mock wade by limping around much like lebron and wade did to nowitzki when he was sick last year.

  16. Mr. Wright 212 - May 18, 2012 at 2:19 PM


  17. pl4tinum514 - May 18, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Oh, is poor little baby Wade not feeling well?

    F–k you.

  18. redblue560 - May 18, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Is it Sunday and Tiger Woods is having a bad game ? The media is over-hyped with this nonsense.

    Watch a golf tournament broadcast and the commentators analyze every move Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson makes as if they are the only players to watch. Meanwhile, here comes Rory McIllroy, the number 1 ranking player and they don’t care that he is way behind the leaderboard but ahead of Tiger or Phil.

    This is no different with James and Wade. The media builds up the hype for the excuse of these two for not performing at their best. Who cares. Let’s see the media hype up the way the unknown pacers played againsts them. What did they do that the league MVP and star sidekick cannot carry the miami heat to victory on game 3.

  19. repojam - May 18, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Just like last year. “Oh, Dallas didn’t win, the Heat just lost.” Now this year it’s “Oh, the Pacer’s didn’t win, the Heat just lost.”

    Maybe they should practice a bit harder rather than celebrating something they haven’t won yet.

  20. steelmeats - May 18, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    He should have been resting it during the one game suspension he didn’t receive for the obvious flagrant 2 foul on collison in game two. Please explain to me how you can office linebacker an opposing player on the court with no attempt to make a play on the ball and not get tossed. Ohh…wait, I forgot, it’s because he’s D Wade.

  21. mx429 - May 18, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    I saw a lot of comments that Wade should have been suspended for 2 games for his cheap shot on Collison, fortunately David Stern wasn’t pressured into an act that would have provided the Heat with the perfect excuse for folding like a cheap lawn chair. Dwayne Wade is a flopping, spoiled punk, it’s nice to see him expose himself for the low-grade character that he really is in front of the nation.

    Lebron James is mentally and emotionally soft, can’t handle playoff pressure and will choke time and time again, that will be his enduring legacy.

    The Heat is a perfect team for this soulless town, flashy, glittery and full of themselves, but under the thinnest veneer, it’s weak plastic and cheap makeup. A fraud team for a fraud town… perfect.

  22. fanz928 - May 18, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Get howard and nash trade wade

  23. johnnygsnake - May 18, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    I smell a lot of hate… It’s ONLY the 4th game and it’s our game!!! Haters

  24. cantonbound13 - May 19, 2012 at 5:12 AM

    I’m so sick of this team, especially Wade. I use to be a Heat fan until LeBron’s classless decision show & that sad preseason party the “big 3 ” had where LeBron predicted 9 championships. Since LeBron came here Wade has changed, all the does is whine. He’s become such a diva, flopper & always has excuses. This season has been difficult for everyone. Nobody is 100% healthy! Ask Chicago fans how they feel about losing Rose & Noah. Look what happened to Dwight Howard. Wade needs to just shut up & play, stop beeing such a brat. I would trade him for Kobe in a second!

  25. gmsingh - May 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    The Heat are screwed–Wade has owies!

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