Dwyane Wade’s light-switch season hasn’t made matters easier for the defending champion Miami Heat. Wade has missed 12 of 42 games so far. The Heat are 24-6 with Wade and 6-6 without him.
In a recent interview with ESPN’s Michael Wallace, LeBron James said that the lack of continuity has hurt the team, which has lost five games in January.
“With some of the guys being in and out, and with the concern with D-Wade, it’s been tough on all of us trying to fill that,” James said. “We’ve just got to be able to do a little bit more consistently, and go in with the mindset sometimes that he’s not playing instead of [he is] playing.”
Wade isn’t the only one missing time. Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers and Ray Allen have all missed games this season. Coach Erik Spoelstra has had to play with many lineups, something that alters the night-to-night chemistry of the team.
“I can say from a rhythm standpoint, it’s kind of hurt us,” James said. “And we’re a team that’s built on rhythm, built on chemistry, and we’ve had so many lineup changes, so many different guys in and out with injuries that it’s kind of hurt our performance. We don’t like to use it as a crutch or as an excuse.”
Wade has been very good when active, averaging 18.9 points per game on a career-high 54 percent shooting. He’s also averaging 4.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists.