Injuries have Wade leaning on teammates
May, 14, 2013
By Ernest Tolden, ESPN Stats & Info
AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhIn the first two rounds, injuries have slowed down Dwyane Wade, but not his teammates.
In fact, Wade is having one of the least-productive postseasons of his career.
Wade is averaging a career postseason-low 12.3 points and shooting 43.9 percent from the field. (LeBron James is averaging 12.3 points in the fourth quarter against the Bulls.) During the regular season, Wade shot a career-high 52.1 percent from the floor.
This postseason, Wade has relied on his teammates more than ever before. In seven games, 66.7 percent of Wade’s made field goals have been assisted, by far the highest mark in a single postseason in his career. Last year during the Heat’s title run, 33.5 percent of Wade’s postseason field goals were assisted -- which was his previous high in a single postseason.
His struggles this postseason can be attributed to his inability to explode as the pick-and-roll ball handler. During the regular season, Wade was one of the most productive players, scoring more than 44 percent of the time on this play type. However, this postseason, he’s scoring as the pick-and-roll ball handler less than 28 percent of the time, and shooting just 26.3 percent from the field in that offense.
Without a healthy Wade, the Heat aren't the same team.
With Wade on the bench, the Heat’s offensive efficiency takes a hit. Miami averages 112.3 points per 100 possessions on 51.1 percent shooting with Wade in the game this season (postseason and regular season combined), compared to 107 points per 100 possessions on 47.3 percent shooting when he’s out of the game.
An ailing Wade also affects the Heat’s production in the paint. Miami averages 45.6 points in the paint this season with Wade in the game compared to 34.4 points in the paint per game when he’s on the bench.
Wade, who led all guards during the regular season averaging 11.8 paint points per game, is averging less than 8 points during the postseason.
The Heat will look to close out the Bulls on Wednesday in Game 5, and history is on Miami’s side.
Since the "Big 3" of Wade, James and Chris Bosh became teammates in the 2010-11 season, the Heat are 5-0 in Game 5s when leading a series three games to one.