Dwyane Wade Showing Signs of Former Self
(Dwayane) Wade, who had left knee surgery last July, said early in the season it wouldn’t be fair to really judge his play until after next month’s All-Star break. Never mind that TNT analyst Charles Barkley, who was ripping Wade regularly in late November and early December, either didn’t hear Wade say that or just ignored it.
In putting up his highest regular-season point total since getting 39 on March 25, 2011 against Philadelphia, Wade had 25 after intermission as the Heat fought back from a 15-point second-quarter deficit. After Wade clanged the first two free throws after being fouled on a 3-pointer in the first minute of overtime, that seemed to fire him up even more.
Wade played 40 minutes, his second-most in a game this season. OK, so the Heat (27-12) hadn’t played since last Thursday at the Los Angeles Lakers. But Wade had 27 points in 38 minutes that night, and it was a back-to-back situation.