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Friday, February 3rd, 2012 at 10:00 am  |  22 responses

Dwyane Wade ‘Hates’ Playing With Big Leads on the Road


Dwyane Wade made an interesting claim about his Miami Heat team gaining (and losing) big leads on the road. It’s an opinion that teammate Chris Bosh doesn’t share in. From the Palm Beach Post: “Dwyane Wade said something surprising after Wednesday’s loss. ‘I hate to say it, but being on the road, I didn’t want to go up 20 at all,’ Wade said. ‘I hate it. It’s not easy playing on the road when you got a big lead. Give the home team an opportunity. They make a 6-0 run, the crowd’s going, it seems like everything is bad, you’ll still up … It’s tough. It’s the NBA. A home team, they are going to make a run. Their crowd is going get into it, and then they go on a 6-0, 8-0, and it seems like everything is coming down. And it’s not. You’ve got to take a breather, take a timeout and come back in and execute.’ The key parts of Wade’s quote were brought over to Chris Bosh. ‘Uh, I would rather jump on teams,’ Bosh said. ‘I think if you look at every other great team in history, one of the main things they probably did was jump on teams early, keep leading. It’s just a mental, psychological thing. If they make a couple buckets, let’s see if they can take our best shot. And if we do miss, we’re probably going to stop you.’”

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  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Wow Wade just wow..

  • http://all-heat-erthing.tumblr.com/ cramzy

    Im waaayyyy with Bosh on this one

  • clutch

    That’s the one thing that the heat are horrible at and need to fix by the time the playoffs come around, holding big leads. They blew leads to the warriors, clippers, bucks, and the bulls and don’t forget about game 2 in the finals. I agree with bosh though, I rather destroy a team from the start and give them no Life throughout the rest of the game. The heat should have the nba’s best record by far because the clippers warriors and bucks were all down 10 or more in those games, and really if Derrick rose had made his free throws and they lost then that would be another critical lose caused by a blown lead

  • T-Money

    eh… are we sure that’s wade?! that comment is so weak and barely makes any sense. you take em down early and you put your foot on their neck to make sure they don’t get back.

  • ENDS

    I see what Wade is saying. Your up big the Crowd starts trying to get you back in it, starts screaming DEE-FENSE, and go bonkers if you score 6 un-answered. Were as @ home its not that big of a deal.

  • RobbieJay

    wade is right in a sense because as much as i love the heat, we have pressure issues. someone breaks into our 20 point lead and then that forces us into “oh sh*t” basketball where you get iso plays, not alot of (IF ANY) ball movement; leading to bad jumpshots, turnovers, and then those good ol “lebron’s not clutch” statements.

  • RobbieJay

    not to mention the loud crowds like ENDS mentioned.

  • ENDS

    At home its oposite if your lead gets cut the crowd is rowring for you to maintain, and even a few freethrows calm you down

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHoliday

    The thing a lot of people dont realize is NBA games are 48 minutes. That’s a looong time for a team to recover from its mistakes. For the most part, NBA games are all runs. The winning team is usually the team that can survive a run from the opposing team and respond with one of their own. I can agree with Wade’s line of thinking, but I can agree with Bosh too! I’d rather a cushion in a game to be able to make mistakes, recover, and still have the lead rather than make mistakes and end up down 10 having to fight back!

  • AD

    thats why i fear this team wount succeed. There is no way that the heat should let a team come back … They have too much talent….. Dwade supposed to be clutch but he aint been lately…… Smh

  • LA Huey

    I’m with Bosh. Rather have a cushion so that when I eff up, I’m still in the driver’s seat.

  • Dirtybird

    Right if you go cold or make some turnovers you hope to still have them at arm’s length.

  • hushabomb

    What Wade doesn’t like is getting complacent when you get a big lead. So that means he don’t trust his teammates to finish the job when the starters get a big lead. And also that means that if the game is close, you are gonna have to concentrate that much harder when you are fighting for the lead. Hard to do when its your 3rd game in 4 days.

  • quest

    its a real unsettling feeling to be up a lot and have the other team cut it to 13 points in a rowdy gym. its understandable, i think wade isnt saying he would turn down a big lead, but hes saying it doesnt all of a sudden make the game easier

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Geezuz Wade.

  • Ldub

    Im all about smashing a team regardless of whos “house” we are in. I do relish the close games because I want to be the one hitting big shots to win or give us better chance at winning. But in the same breath, i would enjoy smashing a team by 20 night in and night out.

  • shutup

    These are the comments you should try to keep to yourself until after you retire, I know being human and showing your flaws is fashionable today but that just makes my hope for a Heat championship just shrink that much more ( I always want the Spurs to win year and in year out)

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Aw fuuuuuuccc! Shutup is a spurs fan? Nah you’re not allowed, go cheer for the suns or some crap

  • http://espn.go.com/nba/recap/_/id/310203019/miami-heat-vs-orlando-magic Jukai

    haha, so, can we blame the Bucks loss on Lebron for getting that big lead then?

  • shutup

    Been a spurs fan since the dennis rodman days, been a Duncan fan since Wake forest, still have 3 pairs of foamposite pros, black/black, white/black, and silver

  • Yesse

    Could be worse. You could be down by 20 and it did happen from time to time when LeBron and Bosh were not in Miami.

  • 1tail

    Just shows mental weakness. They blow big leads with their starters in. Really need to improve their resolve.

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