Wade Facing Career Moment in Game 4?
Yet what’s apparent now, after (Dwyane) Wade accompanied the worst playoff performance of his career (2-of-13, five points, five turnovers) with a public show of anger at his coach, is that the innocent beginning is long over.
What’s apparent now is that Sunday’s Game 4 at Indiana ranks as the most important non-Finals contest of Wade’s career, not merely because his resurgence is required for the Heat — down 2-1 and struggling to score without Chris Bosh — to change the complexion of this series, but because he needs to change the conversation.
National columnists and commentators, bored momentarily with the incessant bashing of (LeBron) James, are now keeping a list of every perceived example of Wade’s petulance, up to and including the defiance displayed toward coach Erik Spoelstra during a third-quarter timeout Thursday. Early last season, James and Chris Bosh would joke about how Wade could get away with just about anything. Lately, though, not so.