Dwyane Wade Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week


Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade has been unstoppable lately, and Heat fans are not the only ones to take notice; the NBA has named the veteran their Eastern Conference Player of the Week for March 16 through March 22. Wade has held this title sixteen times before.

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After a turbulent season riddled with injuries (many of which belonged to Wade himself), a seemingly ever-changing lineup, and increasingly tough competition, this honor comes as a breath of fresh air for Miami. If the playoffs were to start on Monday afternoon, the Heat would in fact move forward into the postseason, as they currently sit at the seventh seed. However, with the Charlotte Bobcats currently in eighth place, and teams such as the Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers not far behind them, things could change in the blink of an eye.

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During the past week, Wade lead his team to a 3-1 record, scoring 32 points against both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trailblazers. Overall he averaged 24.5 points, 4.0 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 2.25 steals, as well as shot 53.2 percent from the field.

He is also now second in the league in points scored in the fourth quarter, as he is averaging 7. And, as if there needed to be more proof of how great of an addition Goran Dragic is to the team, together they hold the record for the highest shooting percentage for a starting backcourt duo (with 49.3 percent).

With the regular season slowly coming to an end, Wade has certainly found the right time to return to his old ways. Besides just helping out through raw numbers alone, his performance has boosted the morale of an (at times) understandably deflated team.

Continuing their playoff push, Miami will take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

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