PASPN.net - NBA-Wade says NBA game in NY should have been postponed (Reuters)
Dwyane Wade News
Trans. Nov 2 4:26 ET (Nov 2 4:26 ET ) NEW YORK, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade joined the chorus of people criticizing why some sports events were taking place in New York following the devastation caused by superstorm Sandy. Speaking to reporters before Friday night's National Basketball Association clash against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Wade said the game should have been postponed. "I just felt that (there were) bigger things to be concerned about than us being here to play a basketball game," he told reporters. "Obviously, sports ... ...
Dwyane Wade had 21 points and two 3-pointers on 8-of-16 shooting, but added just one rebound, three assists and two steals in 31 minutes in Wednesday's win.
The Scoop:He also left the game briefly with a bruised left calf, which is obviously a cause for concern. The fact he was able to play through it was nice to see, and no news is good news on Wade's calf. Keep an eye out for an update on Thursday, but consider him probable for his next game. He didn't exactly fill the stat sheet tonight, but as long as he can stay on the court, big lines are on the way.
Miami's new era got off to the best possible start. Chris Bosh had 26 points and 15 rebounds, Norris Cole scored a career-high 23 points after winning Miami's starting point-guard job, and the Heat pulled away late to beat the Washington Wizards 107-95 on Wednesday night - the first time in five years they played an opener without James. ''Heat Nation was waiting for this game,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''We were waiting for this game.'' Dwyane Wade added 21 points for Miami, 12 of those down the stretch after he briefly departed with a calf injury.
The Miami Heat will definitely miss LeBron James, the superstar who led the team in virtually every way possible from the 2010-11 through 2013-14 seasons. The Heat know they can't replace James, because he did so much that you can only patch the gaps in hopes of approximating his value. No like-for-like substitute exists. Yet rookie forward James Ennis gave Heat fans reason to think they'll see some LeBron-ish highlights this season during Wednesday night's opener against the Washington Wizards in Miami. Ennis, the 2013 Big West Player of the Year at Long Beach State who spent last season in Australia and Puerto Rico, took the ball on the break from Mario Chalmers and unloaded on Rasual Butler with 8:51 remaining in regulation. Take a look: Ennis finished with a decidedly not-LeBron five points and two rebounds in 15 minutes, but the Heat managed pretty well in their first game without the most talented player in the sport. Miami defeated Washington 107-95 with a 10-point advantage in the fourth quarter and balanced offensive attack. Chris Bosh led the way with 26 points and 15 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting, and Norris Cole scored a career-high 23 points in his first-ever opening-game start. - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric
The Miami Heat have played in four straight NBA Finals and won back-to-back titles in 2012-13, but the excitement and anticipation of reaching another championship series departed along with LeBron James. The Heat's quest to establish a post-James identity begins Wednesday night when they open the season against the Washington Wizards. "I think we have some proving to do," forward Chris Bosh said. Bosh and Dwyane Wade - along with Norris Cole, Udonis Haslem, Chris Andersen and Mario Chalmers - remain from the 'Big 3' years that saw Miami go 224-88 and win 59 postseason games.
Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade helped the Miami Heat close the preseason with their fourth straight win, but the reserves preserved the victory. Bosh scored 21 points, Wade added 16, and the Heat defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 104-98 on Friday night. ''I thought we did a good job, especially late in the preseason, of getting to our game and everyone still feeling comfortable in their roles.'' The Heat bench pushed the lead to 17 early in the fourth quarter. Despite Memphis pulling within 94-91 near the 4-minute mark, the Grizzlies were unable to get closer.
Dwyane Wade hit 11-of-17 shots and a 3-pointer for 26 points, two rebounds, six assists and a block on Tuesday.
The Scoop:He's back. How long his body will allow him to be back is anyone's guess, but he's the best player on the Heat by a mile, and is going to return first-round value as long as he's healthy enough to play.
The Scoop:"I'm still finding my way with this team and this offense," Wade said. "Right now, with our offense, most of the guys are on the perimeter, so if I just attack, then I'm not just going to be able to do that all game. I'm not 20 years old, where I'm going to throw my body in there all the time." No, he certainly is not 20-years-old anymore, and coming off of a season in which he only suited up for 54 games, Wade makes for a very risky selection come draft day.
The Scoop:Coach Erik Spoelstra isn't expected to rest Wade too much this season, but his knees are going to make him a risky asset in fantasy leagues. While he did lose some weight on the paleo diet, he will likely need his days off on occasion.
Dwyane Wade hit just 4-of-12 shots, but drained a couple 3-pointers and finished Tuesday's loss with 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
The Scoop:He says he's going to shoot more 3-pointers this season and it happened tonight. Our broken record says that if he can stay healthy and play in 65-70 games, he's going to be a draft-day steal.
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