Celtics Finding Success Doubling Wade
In the past two seasons, opposing teams have had a difficult time double-teaming (Dwyane) Wade because of the presence of (LeBron) James and (Chris) Bosh. But with Bosh out indefinitely with a lower abdominal strain, the Celtics have thrown multiple defenders at Wade nearly every time he touches the ball.
“I’m getting doubled at the top of the key. I’m getting doubled in the paint,” Wade said. “So unless I shoot a turnaround jump shot all the time, which is not a good shot for our team, we are going to have to find some other ways to loosen some things up eventually.”
Wade averaged 33 points when the Heat ran off three straight wins without Bosh to eliminate the Indiana Pacers in the second round. James has played well in the East finals, averaging 33.3 points, while primarily being guarded by the Celtics’ Paul Pierce. Wade is averaging 21 points in the Boston series, but that might not be enough to make up for Bosh’s absence and the inconsistency of the other Heat.
To slow Wade, the Celtics have double-teamed him with a rotating group of guards that’s included Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Keyon Dooling and Mickael Pietrus. The Celtics will usually send a big man or another guard at Wade to help. Wade also hasn’t had many opportunities in transition.