This year, in Game 3 against the Milwaukee Bucks, Dwyane Wade scored four points. That’s right. F-O-U-R. He was 1-for-12 from the field. He was more useless than a beached whale.
(Ok, I admit, that last sentence as a bit harsh. Apologies to all you marine life lovers.)
He then went on and scored six points (six!!!) in Game 4 of the Chicago Bulls series (the Heat won that game, and the series, in spite of Wade’s insipid performance). For much of the playoffs, Dwyane Wade was like a limp noodle — he was just barely able to get the job done (if you consider 10 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist, which was Dwyane Wade’s production in Game 6 of the Indiana series, getting the job done).
Dwyane “I can barely make a shot” Wade turned into Dwyane “Flash from ’06″ Wade. You know the one that Euro-stepped his way to an NBA championship (and a Finals MVP?). The one that drove and slashed his way to average 28 points per game in the ’06 playoffs.
We (or at least, I) saw that Dwyane Wade again in the NBA Finals. Maybe it was a watered-down version of the “Old Flash” but it was the closest we’ve been to the vintage Dwayne Wade in nearly three or four months.