It’s been a rough second half of the season for Dwyane Wade, who came out of the All-Star break with a sore left knee and has battled a bruised right thigh lately.
When he came back from the break, the team had shifted into a new, faster offensive style, plus the Heat added Joe Johnson at the end of February. In short, there has been a lot going on for Wade, and that probably has something to do with him averaging 16.8 points on 35.2 percent shooting the last six games.
“I haven’t been in the best rhythm since the All-Star break,” he said this afternoon. “I’ve had some good scoring games, but I wasn’t in rhythm.
“The biggest thing is early. The one thing I’ve always done for most of my career — I’m not above it at all, but I’ve done it for most of my career — is not think too much about starting the game 1 for 5 or not being in a rhythm. When you start a game and you miss certain shots, now you start thinking about that next shot and you want that next one to be perfect, and then mistakes are being made because you’re trying to make a perfect shot for yourself. Then it doesn’t go in and it becomes even more frustrating. Just gotta play the game, man, and continue to do what you’ve always done. Eventually it’ll turn.”
Wade’s slump predates the thigh injury, which he said is no longer an issue. Since the All-Star Game, he is shooting 39.4 percent, compared to 45.8 percent in the first half.