It’s no secret that Dwyane Wade just wasn’t the Dwyane Wade of old as the Heat laid claim to their second consecutive NBA title. Wade averaged his lowest scoring output (21.2) since his rookie season back in 2003-04, as well as a very pedestrian 15.9 points per game throughout the playoffs, which is the lowest of his post-season career.
Look, we all see that Wade’s body has broken down a bit. A player like D-Wade has game that is predicated off of speed and athleticism. He’s lost some explosiveness, and even the eyes of casual fans see this. But the fact of the matter is, Wade was playing hurt. You could see it in his game. This wasn’t your average decline. Wade had a blatant injury, and it hurt his performance during the Heat’s road to their second-straight chip.
Luckily, it seems Wade may avoid surgery according to comments he made on Friday. Who wants to have surgery two summers in a row? A report from the Miami Herald explains how Wade could bypass having surgery on his injured knee.
“There will be a few treatments, but it won’t be surgery,” Wade said Friday morning. “A lot of rest is going to be key for them. I’m going to treat my knees very well this summer.”
“I’m about gutting it out,”
We’ve seen Kobe Bryant take this route before, and hopefully avoiding surgery will keep Wade game ready, heading into next season, where the Heat’s focus will be on winning their third straight title. Wade played out game 6 and 7 against the Spurs in the Finals with some purpose, and that gives Heat Nation some comfort, but getting his health under control will be vital if this team plans to roll into dynasty mode, and win, “not one, not two, not three”..