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Wade soaks up win, next comes rest
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 21, 2013 @ 1:55 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
MIAMI – Dwyane Wade plopped down on the floor in the hallway just outside the Miami Heat locker room, the Larry O’Brien championship trophy at his feet, an unlit cigar wedged in his mouth and his eyes shut.
“I’m going to sit down and soak it all in,” Wade proclaimed.
His beat-up, wore-down knees – the right one bruised, the left one sore, stiff and swollen from a Game 6 collision with Manu Ginobili – gave him all they had.
Throughout the playoffs, Wade kept telling teammates he had one more game in him. Just one more became another because the Heat couldn’t afford not to have Wade contribute something – even if it was just a little something.
Even when he struggled most – six points against the Chicago Bulls, 3-for-11 shooting against the Indiana Pacers – Wade gave a timely basket here, a defensive stop there.
When the Heat were down 2-1 to the San Antonio Spurs, Wade went for 32 points, six rebounds, six steals and four assists, helping Miami even the series.
In Game 7, Wade scored 23 points on 11-for-21 shooting and had 10 rebounds as the Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 on Thursday, helping the Heat to their second consecutive NBA championship.
Fourteen of his points came in the first half. His good friend and teammate, LeBron James had 15 in the first half, and they combined to score 21 of Miami’s final 23 points of that half.
In the fourth quarter, Wade and James accounted for 20 of Miami’s 23 points through points and assists.
The delirium of a grueling playoffs series, including back-to-back seven-game series against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference, began to wash over Wade in the aftermath of his third NBA title.
He walked – hobbled like an old man on those two creaky knees – into his postgame news conference and said, “Oh man, man, man. Woo! My name is Three, not Dwyane. Thank you.”
The first question began, “Dwyane …”
Wade interrupted. “No,” he said.
“Three,” the questioner continued.
“All the giddiness is the champagne talking,” Wade said. “This is sweet. This is the sweetest one … [For more on Dwyane Wade aka 'Three' soaks up win, next comes rest, click here.]
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