As Mavericks fans painfully know, Dwyane Wade torched Dallas in the 2006 NBA Finals, winning the MVP award with an average of 34.7 points per game. The Heat is struggling big time this year with an 8-24 record, which is second worst in the league behind Minnesota.
But Wade is still an issue and can lead a team to victory. Here's what Jerry Stackhouse had to say about Wade at practice today:
"Whenever you have a guy that demands double coverage, you’re kind of at the mercy of the other guys on the floor. You’ve got to try and force the ball to go into areas that you want it to go to. The guys who maybe are not used to taking or making shots. But it’s the NBA. Everybody is capable. So you always stand a chance that when you double a guy, you put yourself at a disadvantage, so you put the onus on your defense on rotate and just be active. We’ve been doing a pretty good job of that."
Wade was hurt at the end of the last game and has bruises on his right pinkie and shoulder. He's listed as probable, but expected to play.
-- Jan Hubbard