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Dwyane Wade says he and Chris Bosh need more touches in advance of Game 7

Jun 2, 2013, 11:02 PM EDT

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After Miami dropped Game 6 in Indiana and managed to score just 77 points in the process, it’s clear that the Heat will need a much more comprehensive team effort if they’re going to be able to win Monday night’s Game 7.

LeBron James led the way for the Heat just as he’s done throughout the series, but he got little to no support from Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who were both so instrumental all year long in Miami winning more games than any team in the league throughout the regular season.

Wade specifically doesn’t look right out there, and has been hampered by a knee injury that’s seemed to limit him severely over the last couple of games. But he was the one speaking up after the most recent loss saying that he and Bosh need to be more involved over the course of the game in order for the team to achieve success.

“We’ve got to do a good job of making sure me and Chris have our opportunities to succeed throughout the game,” Wade said, via Brian Windhorst of “That’s something we’re going to have to look at as a team.”

“We’ve got guys individually who want to play better,” Wade said. “But we’ve got to try to help each other out in this locker room and not leave it up to the individual to self-will it.”‘

LeBron would be that individual, but aside from that dominant takeover in the third quarter of Game 5, he’s been facilitating as much as possible, while still taking the bulk of his team’s shots.

“I mean, we can state the obvious; they’re both struggling,” James said of Wade and Bosh. “When you’re struggling, the best thing to get is a layup or a dunk. [Wade] missed a couple of them … Chris is struggling with his shot and him hurting his ankle didn’t help.”

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra took responsibility after Game 6, and said it was on him to find a way to get Wade and Bosh more involved offensively.

“If anything, it’s on me,” Spoelstra said. “I got to find ways to get those guys comfortable in areas where they can be aggressive.  And that will be my focus the next 48 hours. They’re obviously a major part of what we do, and I need to find a way to get them in places where they can be really aggressive.

“Now Game 7s, adversity and backs against the wall, I know those two men’s character. This is when they come up big in these moments.”

That last part was Spoelstra issuing a challenge to his superstars to step up, but it’s unclear if they’ll be physically able to do that. What’s more likely is that we see an incredible do or die performance out of LeBron James, but whether or not he can do it all by himself in an elimination game against the Pacers’ defense will remain to be seen.

  1. lenbias34pt - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    After years of Wade falling down (often untouched) after most of his missed shots the refs have grown tired of being shown up and recognize the guy simply isnt’ getting fouled as often as it was once called.
    All this knee injury talk is just the excuse for the regression of his game. Anyone notice how great his knee looks on dunks ? or on the game 6 block of the 6’8 Paul George?

    Wade was never a top 10 guy. He was better than he is now, but he never has been a great shooter with a hand in his face and now without confidence (he clearly has been told by Spo to not take any 3’s) the Pacers have wisely allowed him to shoot the 20 footers and stop the drive which is just sinking his fragile mind even more.

    LeBrain is another mess.
    Do you think the refs in the NBA appreciate Lebron’s reaction to the correct call in game 6 at the rim, or him complaining about fouling out? We are talking about a guy who fouls out 1 or 2 times a season. A guy who other teams want to get fouls on more than anyone else in the league and a guy who drives to the hoop like a tank 10 times a game. A guy who does play D. Gets steals , blocks and rebounds and virtually is never in foul trouble. This is a guy who complains about a foul call?

    You put David West in Toronto and he’d get 20 and 10 to. It’s a simple NBA fact, even the worst teams will have a guy getting the 20 and 10……and another guy getting the 5 or 6 assist etc etc.

    Bosh has a great shot for a guy his size but he never has been strong enough to be a quality defender and simply doesn’t rebound in traffic. So now with the pressure on what have we gotten?
    Last year was easy, he was the returning (from injury) hope.

    Pacers 81
    Heat 79

  2. chi01town - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Maybe Miami will lose.. I dont see it
    happening but the NBA is funny that way.

  3. pacersfan1 - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    I have to agree with Dwhine he really needs to take about 20 or 30 more jump shots and Bosh needs to take about 20 more 3 pointers. Keep the Ball out of Leflops hands. That is the ticket for the Heat.

  4. heat256 - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    The matchup problems the Pacers prvide the Heat, not to mention the injuries Wade and Bosh are struggling with, are why the series is tied. This team has gotten so far away from their identity that at times during this series I have to keep remembering their record this year. That 27 game streak seems like it was 2,3 years ago. You can see their frustration in getting hit with no calls, or just simply having great D played on them and them missing shots they should make. Wade and Bosh need to make no excuses for their play. They have to step up. Even if they do so just a little bit, the Heat will win. If they lose, then the offseason will sure be “fun” around here.

  5. bougin89 - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    “Lebron is such a selfish basketball player. Does he even know what an assist is?”

    -said no one ever

  6. pacersfan1 - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    What happened to all of the swagger you had last week heat256. Injuries and bad calls sounds like a bunch of excuses to me. Just like a front running DBAG.

  7. mazblast - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    You don’t just GET touches. You EARN them. When Dyane is doing his drive to nowhere, “where’s the foul call I’m supposed to get every time?” routine, and Chrissy is throwing up errant jump shots from way outside instead of getting in there like a real big man, what is LeBron supposed to do? Keep feeding them the ball?

  8. jtbsteeler - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:49 PM


  9. caeser12 - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    This was bound to happen sooner or later. Wade is just now realizing that Lebron is the “Straw that stirs the drink.” Funny, because we all knew this already. He needs more touches? No one should have to “self-will’ the team? That is what GREAT players do, and it’s obvious that Wade can not come to grips that he has become ineffective. Now this may be temporary (his ineffectiveness), but right now, Lebron needs him, and he is failing. But to say what he did, that was a shot that not even Lebron’s biggest critics have thrown at him.

    Helen Keller can see thru what he meant. Man up Wade.

    *disclaimer: Not a Heat fan. Knicks fan since 1967. No need for pity, I’m good.

  10. jcarne9014 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    The Heat will be better off tonight if Bosh never gets on the floor.

  11. mazblast - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    For all the guff we (or at least I) give him, LeBron is without a doubt the best player in the league (also usually the most ref-coddled, but that’s another issue), and very often one of the most unselfish stars I’ve ever seen. One thing he does NOT seem to do, though, is make the players around him better. He has to drag them to perform well. This is where MJ was better; he didn’t just dominate on his own, he WILLED his teammates to greatness.

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