Sunday, February 22, 2009

D-Wade is Great, His Team Isn't

That's the impression the whole nation got from today's game between the Heat and the Magic.

Dwyane Wade scored a career-high 50 points on 17-30 shots and went 14-15 at the free throw line. He also dropped five assists and had five rebounds. The rest of the Heat combined scored 49.

The Heat lost 122-99. Dwight Howard led the Magic with 32 points and 17 rebounds and six other Magic players scored in double figures in a game where the Heat didn't come withing single digits after the first few minutes.

It really was a waste of a career-high scoring night for Wade, which makes me wonder what the record is for most points in a game for a player whose team got blown out.

Oh well, the fact of the matter is that Wade is a beast, and was having his way with the Orlando defense, including a posterizing dunk on Rashard Lewis in the second quarter. But as good as Wade is, his teammates need to do more if this team wants a chance in the playoffs.

I know it's only one game, and every team has nights where they shoot poorly, but take out Wade and the rest of the team was only 20-59 from the field. That's a shade under 34 percent on the night. The rest of the team went 4-14 from beyond the arc, compared to Orlando's 17-32. Take away Wade, and the Heat only had five free throws on the night, though they did make all five of them.

I'm not one that's big on moral victories, but at least tonight the Heat can hang their heads on Wade's scoring night. Even though we've all known that he could have his way with any defense, so I guess there isn't really a moral victory tonight.

Oh well, I guess they just need to forget about tonight as soon as possible and try to stay focused for the next game, and the rest of the stretch run this season.

1 comment:

  1. Here's your moral victory: if you assume the Magic hit only 40% of their 3's instead of over 50%, that gives them around 110 pts. Still impressive. In addition, if you give the rest of the Heat besides Wade a mere 40% shooting, the game is much closer. Basically, Orlando had an exceptional shooting night while Miami did not. Congratulations!

    And did we really bring Jermaine O'neal down here to get man handled by Dwight Howard? I never really liked the guy, but I hope he fares better against less dominating centers.