Dwyane Wade is comparing the Cavaliers struggles early this season to the final year of the Big Three in Miami. … a season he said was like “a bad marriage.”
The Cavaliers have lost four in a row to drop to 3-5 in a weak Eastern Conference but Wade, who joined Cleveland last month after he and Bulls agreed to a buyout, said it was “worse” in Miami in 2014.
“As a team we were kind of like this,” Wade told reporters in Cleveland. “It was worse because it wasn’t new guys. It was guys who had been around each other four years in a row. Your jokes weren’t funny anymore to other guys. When you walked in, it wasn’t a big smile no more. Guys were just over you.
“It’s like being in a bad marriage. But we somehow made it to the Finals.”
That Heat team started 4-3, but righted itself and advanced to the Finals for the fourth straight season before being dominated by San Antonio in five games.
But Wade said Miami should have lost to Indiana in the Eastern Conference finals. The Heat won the series in six games.
“We had a mental edge over those guys and we were able to win,” Wade said. “But we shouldn’t have been there. So it’s tough, definitely. That’s why it hasn’t been done a lot.”
LeBron James returned to Cleveland that summer and then Wade left Miami for Chicago two years later. The two have reunited in Cleveland this year hoping to rekindle that spark that led to two titles in Miami.
Wade’s struggles have mirrored his team’s. In seven games he is averaging 7.7 points on just 41.4 percent shooting. He took to social media for what he called one of those “what’s on your mind videos” to talk about the start.
“I’ve seen a lot lately because of the struggles of our team and the struggle of my play trying to figure out my role,” he said. “A lot of people saying ‘he’s gonna get back to 20 points. …’
“I just want you guys to understand this, I’m here to help this team in whatever capacity I can from a veteran standpoint, from a second unit standpoint and I’m trying to figure that out. … and we’re trying to figure that out together.”
After saying he appreciates the support he added, “the 20 points a game ain’t gonna happen.”
“I came here to the Cavs to be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem. We’re trying to figure it out as a team, I’m trying to figure it out as an individual and it will get better, I will get better. I see you guys, I hear you guys, I get it. Also understand the role here is different.”