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Miami is now 5-0 without Wade -- what's it mean?

Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:37 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2012 11:42 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young



Let me stop myself before I even start: No, the Heat are not better without Dwyane Wade. Yes, even thinking that is pretty stupid. No, the Heat should not trade him. Yes, that's a whole other level of stupid. 

But you know what? The fact the Heat improved to 5-0 without him with a 98-87 win over the Lakers Thursday and are 5-4 with him this season is kind of hard to ignore. And it's impossible not to wonder what it might mean.

Here's my conclusion: It means LeBron is still the best player in basketball. And it's not really all that close.

What you see from LeBron is a player unchained from any restraints of fitting alongside someone else. A player that can completely play free, dominate the ball, handle every situation himself and control a game. When Wade isn't on the floor with LeBron, everything is focused on No. 6. It's hard to take your eyes off of LeBron because he holds the game in the palm of his hand.

Remember how with the Cavs sometimes LeBron would get hot and pull up for 3s from all over the floor? Sometimes even just a few steps in front of half court? That's how he goes at it in Miami without Wade. With Wade, LeBron had taken nine 3-pointers total, hitting three. Without him, LeBron has attempted 10 (in four games), hitting six.

In the four games LeBron has played this season without Wade (remember, LeBron sat out with Wade in a win over the Hawks), he's averaging 32.2 points, 10.0 assists and 7.0 rebounds a game. With Wade, LeBron's putting up 25.4 points, 5.6 assists and 7.4 rebounds. When LeBron plays without Wade, he becomes the Cleveland version of himself, carrying a lower class of players to a higher place, while he dominates the entire game. Except he has Chris Bosh, who plays about the same with or without Wade. But LeBron never had a guy of Bosh's caliber in Cleveland. His supporting cast in Miami without Wade is better than the one assembled with the Cavs.

Now, again, there's no question at all that the Heat are a better team with Dwyane Wade. If they are to win a championship, it will absolutely hinge on the health and inclusion of No. 3 in everything they do. But I do think that LeBron might be a better individual player without Wade. His mind is set free, his game has the shackles removed and he's allowed to roam and own a game in the way he was created to do. But that's the funny thing: LeBron might not ever have won a championship being the clear, indisputable best player in basketball.

Because in order for him to fully realize everything he's amazing at, he has to have free reign over the entire floor. He has to be able to take ownership of a game. That kind of thing can dazzle and destroy teams in the regular season, but was proven to fail in the postseason. He may have been able to win a title on his own, but it would've taken near flawless basketball from him to do it.

Instead with Wade at his side, LeBron can fall asleep in a fourth quarter, can have an off night, can fail miserably at different times and the Heat still be an amazing team. I mean, against Dallas, the Heat were not far off from winning a title despite LeBron not playing well and the fact it was their first season together in a chemistry experiment. That was the whole idea of forming that group in South Beach. LeBron was sick of trying to be perfect. The glory might've been all his had he been able to accomplish the goal and climb to the mountain top. But it would not have been easy. So he teamed with Wade and Bosh and set himself up for a better shot at it.

It really speaks to LeBron's inherent unselfishness as a player and person. Rather than soak it all in and have people drool over his god-like ability on the basketball court, he'd rather fit in alongside his buddies and win. The Heat are collectively an awesome team when fully operational. When it's LeBron and the Other Guys, they're still a really good squad that can demolish teams like the Spurs and Lakers, but not one entirely equipped to finish the objective and win a championship.

I do want to thank Wade though for taking it easy with his foot and ankle injuries because it's given us the treat of seeing just how freaking good LeBron James is when he gets to unleash his full arsenal of ability. Because every now and then, we need to be reminded of just how damn good he really is.
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Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 1:38 pm
 

Miami is now 5-0 without Wade -- what's it mean?

Wow, they were 2 wins away from a title last season. Some team will have to be Mavs hot to beat the Heat again this season. That's understandable, it's why they built the super friends team. A lot has changed since last season in the East. Boston dismantled, losing Perkins & Glenn Davis. That was effectively the additional pieces that beat the Heat in whatever match ups they won. The Bulls & Magic got a little better. The Sixers are picking up steam too. But none of these teams has the core stars that the Heat have. The Knicks, they tweaked their super friends team and dumped Billups, while getting better with Tyson Chandler and hoping Bibby & Douglas pan out as guards ? The Heat seem to be healthier this season beyond the starting 5, that's all we're seeing here. So they win without Wade as other pieces (Haslem, Miller, Calmers & Cole) are picking up enough of the empty void that the Wadelessness has created.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:02 pm
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Since: May 31, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:35 pm
 

Miami is now 5-0 without Wade -- what's it mean?

miami is strong enough to win without one of the big three - i think we see the new champ




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:28 pm
 

Miami is now 5-0 without Wade -- what's it mean?

LETS LOOK AT YOUR STUPID STATEMENT.

STAY IN CANADA TERRIBLE WEATHER TERRIBLE FANS FOR LESS  AND NEVER COME CLOSE TO BEING A WINNER

OR GO TO SUNNY MIAMI,BEACHES AND BEAUTIFUL WOMENPLAY WITH THE BEST PLAYER IN BASKETBALL  AND HAVE THE CHANCE TO WIN A RING EVERY YEAR.


WOW THAT IS A HARD ONE.

IF YOUR A MORON NAMED REDWINGS.

Brian.  You said in the Tiger Woods thread you were done with these boards moron.   Go away.... keep your promise.

By the way, the fans in Toronto are awesome fans, from from terrible as you put it.   They respect and idolize superstars that play for their teams and know more about sports then you'll ever know you stupid buffoon.

As for the weather, it may not be sunny Miami but you're an idiot for thinking an entire country always has terrible weather.  The weather in Toronto is no different then New York, except the winters in Toronto the last couple years have been a lot better then you've had to deal with.  The fall is very nice and the spring and summer months are beautiful, just great weather.   In the winter it's cold but even though it's 70 degrees in Miami right now nobody swimming or hanging out at the beach with highs or 68 and 70.

Moron.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:51 am
 

Miami is now 5-0 without Wade -- what's it mean?

I thought this might happen. I think Wade needs to adjust his game a bit, and come back fully healthy. They're a better team with Wade and that's where their true potential is, but right now it just looks like a better team without him. In the Bulls and Celtics series last year Lebron put those games away while playing with Wade, so it's not like he can't play with Wade.



Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:15 am
 

Miami is now 5-0 without Wade -- what's it mean?

To answer what the title is asking it means nothing period. Of course James is going to have better numbers because wade isnt in the game to take some of the sihne away from him. Miami has a much better bench this year with Miller coming off an injury, Battier, and Nole. To the hater below me, the only team IMO that the heat have to worry about is the bulls. As we can all see the heat are an all around better team this year without just relying on the top 3.



Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:05 am
 

Miami is now 5-0 without Wade -- what's it mean?

To answer what the title is asking it means nothing period. Of course James is going to have better numbers because wade isn't in the game to take some of the shine away from him. Miami has a much better bench this year with miller coming off an injury, battier, and Nole. To the hater below me, the only team IMO that the heat have to worry about is the bulls. As we can all see the heat are an all around better team this year without just relying on the top 3.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:45 am
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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:33 am
 

Miami is now 5-0 without Wade -- what's it mean?

Hmmm... the article, and a few posters, keep referring to this "winning a championship" event that (from reading the article and comments) appears to have taken place for Miami.  Did I miss something?  Has Miami won a title while everyone wasn't looking?


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:14 am
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