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Dwyane Wade’s struggles putting extra pressure on LeBron James and Chris Bosh

May 30, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

It’s not the Pacers. It’s not the Bulls. It’s not the Bucks.

At this point, it’s Dwyane Wade.

Wade is struggling to score in these playoffs, and his knee seems like a logical explanation. He’s not moving particularly well, and that hasn’t changed regardless of opponent.

Three of Wade’s four lowest-scoring playoff series have occurred in 2013.

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Wade is scoring fewer points per game and per minute and attempting fewer free throws per game and per minute than any other postseason in his career. He’s struggling to create for himself, though LeBron James is keeping the Heat afloat.

LeBron has become an absolute offensive terror inside. He’s shooting 69-for- 97 (71.1 percent) in the restricted area during the playoffs. Nobody else in the top 50 of shooting percentage in the restricted area has attempted as many shots there as LeBron has made.

Part of the reason LeBron has been so successful near the rim is Miami’s outside shooting spaces the floor for him. The Heat have attempted 3-pointers on a higher percentage of their playoff shots than any other conference finalist.

But Wade doesn’t help there. He’s taken only one 3-pointer in the entire post season.

That partially explains why the Heat have a better offensive rating when LeBron plays with Shane Battier (111.3), Mario Chalmers (111.3) or Ray Allen (115.9) than with Wade (110.0).

There’s no doubt Wade is more talented than Battier, Chalmers and Allen, but if Wade can’t show it, he’s not the best fit with LeBron.

This puts even more pressure on Chris Bosh. When Wade shoots 5-for-15 in Game 4, Bosh scoring a playoff-low seven points on 1-of-6 shooting won’t cut it.

Bosh and LeBron are good enough to carry an ailing Wade into the NBA Finals if they’re firing on all cylinders, and that might be what they need to do.

  1. 4thquartermagic - May 30, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    I’ve been saying this all year. Dwyane Wade is a shell of his former self.

    But it isn’t until the Heat start losing and fingers start getting pointed, that everyone realizes
    the “Big 3″ is essentially the “Big 2 1/2.”

    • dcthemvp - May 30, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      You mean you say this after every loss? What will you have to say tonight when he rolls back the hands of time? Nothing. That’s right.

      • fm31970 - May 31, 2013 at 2:14 AM

        That backfired. Wade’s hurting, both physically, and his team. Call it quits before you end up like Brandon Roy, D-wade. You’ve had a great career.

    • angulocarlos1 - May 30, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      Big 1, bosh hasn’t contributed enough to be counted as nothing more than a supporter role

      • 4thquartermagic - May 30, 2013 at 7:34 PM

        Bosh is overmatched against Hibbert’s size, so I cut him some slack.

        BTW, where’s Ray Allen?
        Ray… hello… Bueller?

      • tomtravis76 - May 30, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        That bond that was created in the ’08 Olympics was lost this past summer when Lebron went and created new bonds with other NBA superstars. They will always have the ring together, but if they get put out by the Pacers they need to look to move Bosh.

  2. bucrightoff - May 30, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Bosh needs to be getting more heat. Guy needs to be inside the arc, but he’s fallen in love with the 3. How does a PF have a four game run of 2, 5, 3 and 3 rebounds respectively? That’s embarassing.

    • dcthemvp - May 30, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      I agree. Although its hard to stay involved when lebron holds the ball 24 seconds bosh has no excuse for not rebounding. He needs to get active down low! Lebron needs to get moving without the ball create spacing! And wade needs to attack the rim with aggression! Those 3 jus need to do THEIR JOB not anyone else’s.

  3. logisticalvoices - May 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    I’ve heard that D-Wade has a new play on offense: he will hit each of the Pacers in the nuts to create a clear lane to the hoop.

  4. nobandwagonridersallowed - May 30, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    I can’t see how, Wades knee has anything to do with Bosh not rebounding. Get it together, Bosh. And if the outside shots aren’t falling, then the Heat need to find ways to get Bosh matched up on Hibbert on the offensive end down low. He’ll have the big guy in all kinds of foul trouble. ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK the 7-footer!

    • chicitybulls - May 30, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      I dont think Bosh wants any parts of Hibbert down low in the paint. He’s too big for him. His best bet is to try to get matched up on him in a pick and roll or better yet a pick and pop and hope his jumper is on.

      • fanofthegame79 - May 30, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        In all fairness to Bosh, he’s playing out of position and he’s giving up over 2 inches in height (not taking into consideration Hibbert’s long arm) and close to 50 pounds (Bosh @ 235 … Hibbert @ 280).

      • gmsingh - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        There’s nothing to say “in fairness to Bosh”. We’ve had “the Heat are built for championships” shoved down our throats. If Bosh can’t step up to the challenge he’s a loser, not a champion. Anybody who makes excuses for this so called championship team are losers too. I’m sick of the hype, excuses, and bullcrap we hear about the Heat daily.

  5. realninerfan22 - May 30, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Lets play the blame d wade game again smh… If the great lbj the 4x mvp cant get it done witj a player like bosh, well he’s not the mvp then.. Dan you act as if the pacers have kd, cp3, and d Howard. But dnt worry d wade well put his cape on again

  6. dcthemvp - May 30, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    I’m so sick of everytime Miami loses the blame goes on wade or bosh. Then everytime we win everything’s fine. Y’all are acting like the lakers how they treat gasol! Wade is still wade the only problem is he has talent all around him! Who has ray Allen as their back up? How many have lebron James to defer to? Exactly. Now I’m confused. The MVP gets credit for the wins, but when we fall short, regardless of the turnovers he had, it’s all of a sudden the supporting cast’s fault. Lets not make this Cleveland. Lets not turn wade into Mo Williams. Instead lets demand more from wade and bosh and less from lebron! There’s no reason he needs to hold the ball 24 seconds before making a decision. Miami basketball is best when the ball is moving and when we control tempo. Lebrons been slowing the game down getting everyone out of rhythm! It’s no coincidence ALL THE SHOOTERS are slumping. This is another case of lebron TRYIN TO DO TOO MUCH! Did he forget what he came to Miami for? Time to put the ball in wades hands, demand aggression out of him, and have lebron prove his value OFF THE BALL! Sick of these double standards everytime we win and lose. The MVP is responsible for both wins and losses.

  7. dcthemvp - May 30, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Like Haslem said wade is still more than capable. Lets not turn wade into mo Williams and bosh into Antwan Jamison! Time for lebron to play SF not PG

  8. wordyduke - May 30, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Wade’s career 3-point percentage is 29%. Do we really want him shooting more than once per postseason?

    And Bosh could be a very good power forward. The problem is that, for centers, the Heat management decided to defend their NBA title with Josh Harrellson, Rashard Lewis, Joel Anthony, Udonis Haslem, and, God bless him, Chris Andersen.

  9. mazblast - May 30, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    None of the Heat players want to deal with Hibbert inside. The Heat tend to want to do things that are pretty and flashy, and this is inside, where things aren’t nearly as glamorous.

    However, I don’t think Miami is in much danger. When/if push comes to shove, the refs will remember that their future depends on the suits in the league office. Unless a given ref really WANTS to be calling a lot of Tuesday night games in Minnesota, Cleveland, Detroit, and Sacramento, he’ll see things the way David Stern wants. It doesn’t have to be as blatant as, say, the Lakers-Kings series or the 2006 Finals, it just has to gently prod the result in the “right” direction.

    And it may not even come to that. As much as I loathe LeBron, I have been very impressed with how he’s carried his team on his back this year, what with Dyane being a shell of his (?) former self (except for the cheap shots, at which he still excels) and Bosh turning invisible at times.

  10. fanofthegame79 - May 30, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Here’s my take: I heard rumors that the Heat would shop Bosh in the off season. But I think they should keep him and get rid of Wade. If the Heat had a true center, Bosh could play his natural position of power forward and still spread the floor. The Heat (unfortunately) have to ask Bosh to play out of position and he’s just not made for it. So, my advice to the Heat management would be to shop Wade and try to parlay that into a center.

    • doubledown44 - May 30, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      There is zero chance the Heat will trade Wade and especially not this offseason. Wade is the No. 1 reason LeBron is there.
      However, I would actually be interested in seeing what teams would offer Miami for him. What is the value for Wade at that salary at this point in his career? And what teams would go after him? Clippers? Trail Blazers? Timberwolves? Grizzlies?

      • fanofthegame79 - May 31, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but after next season, Wade would be a free agent, so his contract would come off the books of any team that may want him. He also brings name appeal (NBA is a star-driven league) and he’ll put butts in seats. I think there would be a few teams that would be interested in Wade. It would be interesting to see what his market value is.

      • Kurt Helin - May 31, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        Wade has an option in the summer of 2014 (as does LeBron and Bosh), they can choose to opt out but they do not have to.

      • fanofthegame79 - May 31, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        Thanks for the info, Kurt!

    • scorp16 - May 30, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      “So, my advice to the Heat management would be to shop Wade and try to parlay that into a center.”

      Yeah.. I’m sure Riley will will call you to see how you can improve the team. The Heat are tied at 2 In the ECF…They are doing just fine… Thank You for your concern.

      • fanofthegame79 - May 31, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        Just my opinion, buddy. I’m an account manager, not a front office man for an NBA team – I know my limitations. I’m calling out Wade because he’s not living up to his part of the “big 3″. Neither is Bosh, on many levels, but Bosh doesn’t battle the injuries that Wade has.

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