Without a doubt the Miami Heat are one of the top teams in the NBA but so far they have not played like a championship caliber team on the road. Miami, currently sitting at .470 on the road while their home winning percentage is close is to over .842, have showed some inability to close games late in the fourth quarter. The Heat home record proves, of course, they play best when at home which could be a problem only if the Heat fail to land a top playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.
I would argue that Coach Spoelstra is depending too heavily on Lebron James to run the offense, however, Lebron has proven he can take over and carry the load at anytime. As of late, both Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh have been spotted spending more and more time sitting the bench in the 4th quarter, Wade has been receiving the ball less which equals to fewer shots, while Chris Bosh has not been as efficient offensively either. According to ESPN the Miami Heat are experiencing some internal issues where some key players are beginning to be a bit selfish in regards to being in control of the offense and taking shots at the basket. I believe Wade is having a bigger issue with his position since the Heat acquired Lebron James two years ago, sadly, Wade has to realize the moment Lebron James put on a Heat uniform, he became the leader of the team and the “spotlight” would shine brighter on him.
I would argue the fact that Wade has had an ongoing issue relinquishing the “spotlight” and his control for quite a while now. Wade has already had a few riffs and run-ins with Spoelstra during games. I mean what superstar player wouldn’t have an issue with sacrificing his lead position and his control to another player? Honestly, Wade hasn’t exactly complimented James in the same fashion as Scottie Pippen complimented Micheal Jordan’s game. Lets be honest, the Miami Heat aren’t a dominant team, their margin of victory isn’t ranked at the top in the league, and they have some interior defensive issues that have been exploited by both the LA Clippers and the New York Knicks. Fact is, the Heat have one dominant player in Lebron James and while Wade and Bosh are superstars, neither have convinced me that they will be the reasons the Heat will repeat as NBA Champions.
The underlying factor is this – Wade and James have similar games, both have carried their respective franchises to both the playoffs and the NBA Finals, but Wade is accustomed to being the leader and he hasn’t convinced me that he can play the long term sidekick roll required to win not one, not two, not three, not four, or five or more NBA Championships along side Lebron James. If the Heat fail to win in the NBA finals this year, expect Dwayne Wade to take his talents to another NBA team.
With Dwayne Wade benched, can the Heat still win?
- No (53%, 8 Votes)
- Yes (47%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 15