When Dwyane Wade is off, the Miami He...

When Dwyane Wade is off, the Miami Heat isn't winning

There are 20 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Apr 27, 2009, titled When Dwyane Wade is off, the Miami Heat isn't winning. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

OK, very funny. Fess up. Whose bright idea was it to make the Heat's playoff motto, "Back to Black?" Because that's just what Dwyane Wade 's back did Monday before Game 4 of this playoff series.

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john

Detroit, MI

#1 Apr 27, 2009
this one was wade's fault---falling in love with jumpshooting. wade should not have been shooting jumpers; what separates him is his drive to the rack---12 freethrows/high percentage shots. not looking pretty shooting fall aways. he should dedicate himself to driving to tyhe rim; have heart like jordan and magic. do what you do best. he is not a jumpshooter. camping oput on the 3-point line will lose every series he is in. and at the end of his career he will have the one ring shaq helped him get... take the high percentage shot, stopbeing pretty, stop acting hurt, stop taking the easy way out
Dave2183

Miami, FL

#2 Apr 27, 2009
Why did we keep settling for Wade jumpers if he was off?? We should have gone into O'Neal more, which was working. But I hate to see Wade settling for so many jumpers when nothing is going.
Joe

AOL

#3 Apr 27, 2009
the heat looked so undersized out there. there is no creativity in this offense at all. why doesnt michael beasley get on the court?? hes shown great ability to get to the basket and make things happen. this team needs all the offense it can get right now.
tex

Austin, TX

#4 Apr 27, 2009
Good thing that the SSent. pays Dave the big bucks to point these things out for us. Who knew?
The People of Florida

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#6 Apr 28, 2009
Hope are the spams and not partying all nigh long before a game
noel sandoval jr

Coral Gables, FL

#7 Apr 28, 2009
I still believe the Heat will win in six. If D.Wade is healthy and we get help from everybody, we will win. A reminder to the coach, play Beasley a lot more, we need his scoring in games.
noel sandoval jr

Coral Gables, FL

#8 Apr 28, 2009
The Heat will win in 6 games as long as D.Wade is healthy. Spoelstra needs to play Beasley more, we need his scoring the rest of the series.
Heatastic

New York, NY

#9 Apr 28, 2009
That was pure ugly from both teams and the officials. Unwatchable, embarrassing, beyond laughable, certainly anything but when amazing happens. Way, way too reliant on DWade. You'd think someone else would seize the moment but they're all stuck in their roles. This roster is almost completely void of true playmakers other than DWade & Chalmers.
waDe

Hialeah, FL

#10 Apr 28, 2009
Its all Tiffany's fault.
Observer

Pompano Beach, FL

#11 Apr 28, 2009
I'm a Heat fan, but I have to say Dwayne Wade showed true laziness on the court last night. Even in his usual fourth quarter heroics, it looked as if he hadn't slept the night before. Along with that he also showed his arrogance all game. There is an arrogance about Wade that should not go unnoticed. Any game Wade plays bad he blames it on injury or the refs' foul calls, just acting like a prima donna baby athlete.

Wade better get his act together and play to the level he's able to play at. He needs to be more of a team player in the upcoming games and not settle for jumpers all the time. True MVPs make their teammates better, let's see if he can do that next game.
Qasim

East Lansing, MI

#12 Apr 28, 2009
You know what i think, i think you guys are all stupid for saying D Wade is messing up. hes trying his best and him and O'neal can so this if they both put at least 20 points each. its that hes a very hard player but once in a while he will mess up. For example, Kobe in the LA Lakers, when he started he sucked but Phil Jackson kept him in the game he didnt care if he lost the game, only because he saw something in Kobe that others didn't know look at him hes the best in the NBA. Talking about Phil Jackson, i think D Wade is having trouble with the new coach. Pat Raily was the best coach ever for the Heat.
Dr P

Durham, NC

#13 Apr 28, 2009
If Beasley was in the game long
enough to take 24 shots I am sure he
would best D. Wade's scores.
THE HEAT TEAM CAN WIN WITHOUT WADE. TRY IT! STOP PUTTING ALL OF THE OTHER
PLAYERS IN A CAN'T PLAY BOX.
YOU MUST TOUCH THE BALL TO SCORE.
Basketball is a TEAM sport and each
player needs to play his role every
game. One player cannot play evey
position, every game!
Coach Spoe needs to learn to make adjustments, think on his feet, during the game.
mydrick taylor

Miami, FL

#14 Apr 28, 2009
ts cool this is just what we want DOUBTERS! just watch as the heat prove everyone wrong and take game 5 in atlanta
Tee

Miami, FL

#15 Apr 28, 2009
I understand Wade had a back problem, but that has nothing to do with some of the shots he through up. In the third quarter the Heat were down by three and he comes down no ball movement and simply throws up a shot from the top of the key. Come on that was just a terrible shot to take. And will someone in the Heat organization PLEASE pull Wade aside and tell him to stop with the refs. I am even sick of his complaining I know they are. I mean he is really out of hand with this. Someone needs to pull him back in!
juanp

Hollywood, FL

#16 Apr 28, 2009
If Wade is as hurt as he claims, why keep forcing those ugly jumpers? Get the ball to someone else. Mainly JO and JJ. Keep it away from Big Game Haslem [played well in one game, nothing more], Chalmers [he really blows], and Cook [ shooter who cant make shots]. Heat can still win but they should play with more sense of urgency. That game last night was void of effort.
Mike

United States

#17 Apr 28, 2009
Wade is a cry baby. whaaaaah whaaaah whaaa

This guy always is hurt when he has a crappy game.
Mike

United States

#18 Apr 28, 2009
Good point juanp "If Wade is as hurt as he claims, why keep forcing those ugly jumpers?"

I question how hurt he is because he continues chucking up lame shots that will eventually give him his scoring average but will ultimately cause a loss.

Enough with the crying. The refs more than often turn his out of control drives to the basket into two fould shots. This is the last guy to be whining so much.
Robert

Hollywood, FL

#19 Apr 28, 2009
john wrote:
this one was wade's fault---falling in love with jumpshooting. wade should not have been shooting jumpers; what separates him is his drive to the rack---12 freethrows/high percentage shots. not looking pretty shooting fall aways. he should dedicate himself to driving to tyhe rim; have heart like jordan and magic. do what you do best. he is not a jumpshooter. camping oput on the 3-point line will lose every series he is in. and at the end of his career he will have the one ring shaq helped him get... take the high percentage shot, stopbeing pretty, stop acting hurt, stop taking the easy way out
He was playing with back spasms. Can you picture him trying to run around defenders and then leap against 1 or 2 defenders to get to the rim? Thats why he was shooting jumpers.
xxx3

Melissa, TX

#20 Apr 28, 2009
i love d-wade but he was absolutely god awful last night. even if he was hurt [don't know if i'm really buyin that but whatever] that's no excuse for him to play such lazy, stupid uninspired basketball or three quarters. you can still a play smart fundamentally sound game even if you're hurting. shit it's his back not his brain.
going into the third quarter when mia had all the momentum he came out and turned the ball over like three straight possesions. when he needed to shoot he refused to and even launched a pass out of bounds with no one even in the vicinity of it. all of his passes were lazy and lethargic. it was awful. his shoulders were slumped his head was down. his general demeanor was shit. he would mug the officials, stare down teammates. flop at the sligtest contact and whine to the officials when there was no call. he would dramatically fall down and stay down not at all getting back on defense on certain possesions. it was awful. i was dissappointed with his leadership and decision making. i expect the world of wade and i was freaked to see him play so badly especially in the playoffs where he's usually on top of his game. last night wade came off as a whiny petulant prima donna superstar. i really hope he can show some more grit and come back strong the next game. they're going to need it. they're going to need him. this team can't win any other way.
xxx3

Melissa, TX

#21 Apr 28, 2009
oh and another problem is the coaching staff. they are absolutely too dependant on wade doing it all. he was having a bad game and they really made no adjustment. they just kept force feeding him the ball. while everyone else stood around looking like idiots.
if the man is in pain you can't expect him to consistantly to breakdown the defense at the top of the key possession after possesion. there seemed to be no set plays at all. it was just d-wade iso, d-wade iso, and even mor d-wade iso. i know mia isn't extremely talented and they don't have a ton of options. but there at least has to be more movement on offense. that whole "give d wade the ball and move the f**k out his way" shtick was cute in the regular season but it's not as cute in the post season when the other team packs the paint and shades him with three defenders. they have to do more to ease his burdens. i think the long season is probably wearing on him if not physically at least mentally. he can't be play superhuman all the time. so the team and the coaching staff have to give him some support.

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