Heat guard Tyler Johnson gets high marks for faking out the master (Dwyane Wade)

 

Tyler Johnson, shown covering Dwyane Wade in the Bulls victory over the Heat Thursday, got Wade with a move that Wade knows very well. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/TNS)

Tyler Johnson, shown covering Dwyane Wade in the Bulls victory over the Heat Thursday, got Wade with a move that Wade knows very well. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/TNS)

MIAMI – It was a classic case of the teacher being schooled by the student.

Heat guard Tyler Johnson got the ball in the corner, pump-faked and Dwyane Wade left his feet. Johnson stepped in (just enough for his toe to catch the three-point line) and let it fly.

The whistle blew and Johnson was going to the line for two free throws as Wade picked up the foul on a play that had his signature all over.

“Tyler got me on that one,” Wade said following the Bulls victory at Miami Thursday. “I know he shoots it pretty quickly so I was trying to contest it. Smart move by him. He’s good. He takes notes.”

Johnson, who studied Wade his last three years, two with the Heat, said he associates that move with Wade.

“He does it on almost every play,” Johnson said. “I watched him for the last three years. I’ve been trying to put it in my game.”

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Johnson, who scored 14 points, one more than Wade, said he “chuckled” to himself a little bit realizing “I got him.”

And although Wade did not say anything to Johnson at the time –  “I saw him smirk,” Johnson said – he mentioned the Heat’s young players several times and how much he is rooting for them.

“I love those guys,” he said. “Watching Tyler and Josh (Richardson) come from the D-League into being players you respect in this league. Watching Justise (Winslow) still a young kid, just looked so much more comfortable on the floor tonight. … that kid is making strides.”

Johnson hopes the move becomes more a part of his game.

“It’s (about) timing,” he said. “Feeling if you got somebody off balance you just do it. It doesn’t hurt if you do it and they don’t jump. You always have your pass back.”

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