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LeBron hopes to see less deferring, more attacking from Wade

Jun 14, 2012, 9:52 AM EST

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade AP

LeBron James was good in Game 1, but for the Heat right now that is not good enough. He has to be exceptional. At both ends of the floor.

And he could use some help.

Dwyane Wade was 7-of-19 shooting on offense and had Russell Westbrook blowing by him like he was an orange traffic cone on defense in Game 1. That can’t happen. The Heat need more out of their second best player. LeBron needs more out of him and said so, reports Marc Berman at the New York Post.

“Sometimes I go to him and tell him I need one of those games from him. I need one of those performances from him because he still has it. He knows he still has it too. But every player needs a little kick every now and then, no matter how time-tested they are. He needs to be DWade and not worry about deferring as much.’’

Wade pretty much owned up to that.

“I mean, I want to score more points,’’ Wade said. “I want to give my team more to give us an opportunity to win the series. I’ll be more aggressive.’

My question isn’t does he want to, my question is if he is physically capable? He physically does not look right, his knee is clearly slowing him, although the Heat aren’t talking about it. When asked how Wade was doing on Wednesday, coach Erik Spoelstra said “fine” and wouldn’t elaborate.

At this point, the injury doesn’t matter on the court. Wade simply has to step up at both ends or the Heat will be down 0-2.

The key here for Wade and the Heat is to be aggressive the entire game. It can’t be Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers looking good for a half then dropping off the face of the earth. There can’t be a quarter off. LeBron has to play through being tired and not start settling for jumpers.

The Heat have the talent to do all that. Will they execute it is another question.

  1. emaimo80 - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Heat to win big tonight!

  2. pudgalvin - Jun 14, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    I’d be more concerned about Wade’s defense. If he’s going to get beat like a rented mule by whomever he’s guarding, it doesn’t matter if he scores 50.

    • finalword33 - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Not true. He can let them score just like game 1, but 35 by him would be the difference for the win.

      • pudgalvin - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

        They might win a game in this series with Wade playing defense like he did in game 1, but they have zero chance of winning a track meet with the Thunder. If they want this series, their defense has to be way, way better than it was Thursday. You’re not going to stop them, but you had better keep them under 118 points per possession.

        And besides, what makes anyone think that Wade is suddenly going to be great after watching what he’s done over the entire playoffs?

  3. paulhargis53 - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    The Heat will not “win big” in OKC.
    Look for the Thunder to win by 14 or more tonight. This series will be won by the Thunder in no more than 5 games.

    Trust your Uncle Paul. Shuure, uh huh huh.

    • finalword33 - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      OKC was lucky the Heat cooled off in the second half. They didn’t make the win happen, as much as the Heat didn’t keep their win going.

      • bougin89 - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM

        OKC plays its best in the second half and have been that way for much of this postseason. The Heat are a first half team and have been for much of this postseason. I look for a similiar result again, tonight.

      • delius1967 - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        Seems more likely that the Heat were lucky to be as hot as they were in the first half. How many times in his career has Battier gone 4-5 from beyond the arc, like he did in the first half?

      • borderline1988 - Jun 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        But Battier was wide, wide open or all of those shots.

        For a guy that generally shoots 40%+ from 3pt, if he’s that wide open, it’s probably more like 55-60%, especially for a veteran.

        Here’s the thing about Durant. He generally doesn’t shoot much until the 4th. So how about this as a game strategy:
        Man-up defense for the first 3 quarters, overload the paint, and take your chances with Westbrook again (although you need help if he drives to the rim…
        Then, in the 4th, double Durant every time he touches the ball. Trap him off every pick and roll. Keep a man on Harden, and dare Westbrook to beat you in the 4th with clutch shots.

  4. finalword33 - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Not sure what’s up with Wade, but all the Heat have to do is protect their ball and not give the game away like Game 1, which was in OKC, remember.

  5. bchapman2011 - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    The only way the Heat have any chance against OKC is if Wade and James are both on their A game at the same time. That is very hard to do because their games are so similar. They can do it for a quarter or maybe even a full game but can they really do it for four full games against a younger and deeper OKC squad?

    • finalword33 - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      Everyone on both sides has to be on A game. It’s the finals.

      • wretchu - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM

        Not quite true. It’s called depth. OKC can handle an off-night from Westbrook or Durant far better than Miami can if Wade or LBJ are off.

      • bougin89 - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM

        I think you make a good point and OKC will have to be on their A game but they won game 1 without Ibaka having a big impact and without James Harden really having any impact. They have different guys that can step up and play big around KD and Russell where as the Heat do not have that Luxury.

      • mannyfresh209 - Jun 14, 2012 at 4:05 PM

        bougin -

        the heat have bosh who can easily score 20 points in any given game. they also have wade, who should be scoring mid 20′s on a nightly basis.

        if bosh scores 17 and wade scores 24 last game, they win the game. those #’s are not shocking. also, haslem is capable of scoring 10+ any given night as we’ve seen from him.

        they match up fine overall in the big picture. but it’s execution that is killing them. that and team defense.

    • bougin89 - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      bchapman2011…very well said. I totally agree. The Heat are way too thin and OKC is so deep. I don’t see Lebron and Wade being exceptional for four full games.

  6. bchapman2011 - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    The only way the Heat have any chance against OKC is if Wade and James are both on their A game at the same time. That is very hard to do because their games are so similar. They can do it for a quarter or maybe even a full game but can they really do it for four full games against a younger and deeper OKC squad?

  7. finalword33 - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Maybe that’s why Wade falls to the floor after every attack, because his knees can’t handle the impact of the landing. FANtastic.

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      Or he’s turned into a pansy & diva

  8. finalword33 - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Keep Lebron on Durant the whole game, and see how the score changes.

    • wretchu - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM

      Do that and Lebron won’t be nearly as effective on the offensive end.

    • mannyfresh209 - Jun 14, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      Durant by nature for some reason always gets the biggest scoring burst in the final quarter. Put LeBron on him for the entire 4th, bring a help man to double team him every time he touches the ball, and dare Westbrook to make those pull up jumpers he so inconsistently hits.

  9. aboogy123456 - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    You know it’s bad when Lebron starts telling you to be more aggressive

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      in LeBron’s defense, he never mentioned anything about the 4th quarter

  10. lakerluver - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    D. Wade may claim that he’s deferring, (19 shot attempts suggests otherwise) however, to me it appears he’s getting old right in front of our eyes. The problem with that is he still plays like he did as a rookie. His game hasn’t evolved.

    • abchome - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      Just like the twilight years of Allen Iverson when his body started to break down. A step and/or half slow, more nagging injuries, knee drainages, less driving, more low % jump shooting, more whining…, yet capable of some brilliant nights every once a while.

  11. abchome - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Lebron didn’t get enough help in Cleverland, Lebron doesn’t get enough help in Miami, …

    • jackntorres - Jun 14, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      Many of you may have missed Monty Williams recent press conference after the lottery. A reporter asked about Anthony Davis making the team more attractive for veterans. Williams used this to turn the pressure towards Eric Gordon, and alluded to James, Melo, etc. He said when you have a max contract, you are the help.

      • mannyfresh209 - Jun 14, 2012 at 4:09 PM

        Problem with that, is James doesn’t have a max contract.

  12. canehouse - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    He isn’t 24 anymore… i’ve been watching his career evolve and he always responds. Is he capable of responding tonight with dominance against a very talented and blessed Thunder team? We shall see if in less than 9 hours.

  13. cantonbound13 - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Basketball fans would like to see less flopping & whining from Wade

  14. wordplaydiz/NoirebyNature - Jun 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    OKC has this. It’s not that the Heat can’t, but look at the well-oiled machine called the Spurs. If the Heat isn’t as cohesive a team as they were, what chance do they have? And when did it become LeBron’s team? D-Wade was the superstar there. Maybe that’s the problem. Whatever their ills, all players on the Heat have to come armed and ready to do battle. OKC is not weighted with ego problems. They just want to play. Probably eat breakfast dribbling a ball.

  15. lakerluver - Jun 14, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    I don’t see Battier scoring 17 again and I don’t see Harden being held to 5 either. I think it’s time to give Scott Brooks some props for being a great coach. OKC comes out in the 2nd half of every game and plays better. I attribute that to Brooks making adjustments at the half. OKC will win big tonight.

  16. proballerslounge - Jun 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Wade has to be aggressive all 4 qtrs…. http://proballerslounge.WordPress.com/

  17. gmsingh - Jun 14, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Doesn’t the team have a coach to tell the players that kind of stuff? This is embarrassing.

  18. bigbluelou - Jun 14, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    cantonbound13 – Jun 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM
    Basketball fans would like to see less flopping & whining from Wade
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    Exactly! What a baby this guy is. If the Heat win the Finals, are they to get an asterisk since the season was only 66 games instead of 82????? GO OKC!!!!

  19. thetooloftools - Jun 14, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    They beat the Lakers and Spurs and now they are going to take out the Heat. LeBron James is just happy to play a game where “we are in a position to win”. I don’t want a guy like that on my team. I want rip your heart out killa’s. LeBron’s team mates don’t even respect him because he’s a diva. OKC has each others back and that is a team. Miami is three guys and whomever happens to be out on the floor with them. That is NOT a team and leads to predictable schemes. OKC will master cleanse the Heat.

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