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Dwyane Wade, taking big-picture view, feeling better as playoffs near

Mar 20, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

Dwyane Wade, Avery Bradley, Kris Humphries

BOSTON – Dwyane Wade receives treatment in so many forms, he loses track of how each device affects his knee.

“If they want to hook me up to a car battery, that’s fine with me,” Wade said. “I’m going to jump on it, maybe in the playoffs.”

If all goes according to plan though, Wade won’t need a jumpstart for the postseason. He’ll be hitting his stride then.

Wade has already missed 17 games this season, but he’s feeling better and better.

“Last year at this time, I was going the opposite the way,” Wade said.

It showed in the playoffs, where Wade’s PER declined to 18.7 from 24.0 in the regular season. It’s typical for players’ production to fall as competition stiffens in the postseason, but that drop of 5.3 was the second-largest of Wade’s career. Only the extreme case of 2006-07 – when Wade missed 30 games, returned to play just five before the playoffs, still led the NBA in PER and then couldn’t stop the Bulls from sweeping Miami in the first round – saw a bigger drop.

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Regular season in red. Post season in gold.

To avoid a similar fate this season, Wade has committed to the Heat’s plan that includes specialized workouts – and sitting out games he could otherwise play.

“I wasn’t comfortable with it,” said Wade, who’s already missed four more games than he did last season. “I’m sure it was uncharted waters for them as well. But it was something I felt I needed to do.”

The Heat are just 11-6 without Wade, but they see the end game.

“In order for us to contend and win, at the end of the day, he has to be on his A game,” LeBron said. “…Trying to three-peat, it’s not going to happen in June. It happens from the beginning of the season. We have to prepare every single day.”

For Wade, sometimes that preparation means sitting with what might as well be a car battery attached to his knee.

Is that worth it?

“It’s just about this picture we always call the bigger picture,” Wade said. “Who knows if it’s right or wrong? You’ve just got to make a decision and go with it.”

  1. void96eater - Mar 20, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    If Wade is 100% healthy come playoff time, I just can’t see any team beating the Heat 4 times in a series. This is coming from a Chicago fan.

    • yomarianob - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      I can only see the Spurs beating Miami, they proved last year. And they are not worst this year.. Kawhi improved a little, they added Bellinelli, Mills is a lot better this year. The spurs big 3 is still rolling.. Back to back Finals for them.

    • thatguy517 - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      I pretty much agree with that except that he will never be 100% healthy. They shouldn’t have removed his meniscus all those years ago they should have just repaired it. That’s a major reason why he has these problems now (not the only reason but it plays a big part). Still though a 85% Wade will make them tough to beat.

  2. gmsingh123 - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    In the land of rainbows and unicorns we might see Wade “100% healthy”. Unless he’s faking his injuries.

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