Heat guard Dwyane Wade’s impact negated
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org June 18, 2013 10:33PM
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) speaks to teammates during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Finals basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Updated: July 20, 2013 6:56AM
MIAMI — Heat guard Dwyane Wade is being praised for finally showing up in Games 4 and 5, scoring 32 and 25 points, respectively. But how much of a true impact has he made on games?
Maligned superstar LeBron James has been under a microscope for his inconsistency, but he entered Game 6 on Tuesday night with a minus-7.
And that’s with the Spurs throwing their best defenders at him along with double and triple teams.
Wade entered Game 6 with a minus-37 — the lowest of any of the regular starters on either team.
And that minus-37 is coming against the worst backcourt defender the Spurs have on the court, for the most part.
In Game 4, they thought so little of Wade that they actually started the game with heavy-footed center Tiago Splitter on him before switching to Boris Diaw.
◆ The talk at the NBA Finals is that the Cavaliers are running out of teams to dump the No. 1 pick on. It hasn’t been for a lack of trying.
The Cavs are still leaning toward Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel, but they would love to trade down and get future picks.
Noel was scheduled to meet with the Cavaliers on Thursday, so he still has time to sell himself.
Could Michael Jordan’s Bobcats change their minds and make a trade for Noel?