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Friday, January 28, 2011
Breaking down Wade's 0-for-7 fourth quarter

By Tom Haberstroh

Dwyane Wade
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Did Dwyane Wade go cold Thursday or did he just stop hitting tough perimeter shots?

In the Heat's loss to the Knicks, Dwyane Wade caught fire. For the first three quarters, it seemed Wade couldn’t miss. Actually, during a string of thirteen consecutive shots, he didn’t.

But in the fourth quarter, he couldn’t buy a bucket, missing all seven of his field goal attempts. What happened? Was it bad luck or poor decision-making? I decided to break down each fourth quarter shot.
Yes, Wade missed the last seven shots of the game all in the fourth quarter, but it’s worth keeping in mind that all shots are not equal. Two of last seven shots were 3-pointers and none of them were clean layups. What's more, none of the last seven shots came in transition whereas he earned five transition buckets earlier in the game. The degree of difficulty was far steeper for his last seven shots than the previous 15.

Simply put, Wade never saw a high-percentage look in the fourth quarter.  Credit the Knicks defense, particularly Felton, for not backing down against Wade when he was on his way to a historic night at Madison Square Garden.