Dwyane Wade is quietly having a very good postseason. Eight years ago, you’d read that sentence and say “Yea, of course,” but it’s not 2006 anymore. Wade has battled a number of knee injuries over the last few seasons, and at times he's looked like a shell of the explosive player that brought a championship to Miami in 2006.
Don’t look now, but Wade just might be rekindling some of his old magic.
Through Miami’s first two games against the Pacers, Wade is averaging 25 point per game on 64% shooting. He’s carried the offense at key moments as the Heat struggle to find their rhythm against a Pacers team that suddenly looks the part of a No. 1 seed.
In Game Two, it was Wade, not his best-on-earth teammate, who went 5-5 from the field in the fourth quarter to help Miami pull away in a tight game.
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The Heat put Wade on a “maintenance program” this season in hopes of limiting wear and tear on his body during the regular season. The thinking was that Wade's body doesn’t hold up too well to the rigors of a full season anymore, so it’s smart to limit his minutes and save his best for the postseason.
So far it seems like a great idea. Any team in the league would be ecstatic to have their number two man scoring 25 points per game in the conference finals. If Flash keeps this up and LeBron gets going, look out.
Check out these highlights from Wade’s strong Game 2 against Indiana: