Thursday, June 14th, 2012 at 12:20 pm  |  32 responses

Dwyane Wade Promises to Be More Aggressive in Game 2

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

The Miami Heat desperately need a win tonight, as they look to avoid falling down a 0-2 hole to the OKC Thunder in the NBA Finals. The Heat will need Dwyane Wade to transform himself back into the old Dwyane Wade.

LeBron James has publicly laid out the challenge for his teammate, and though he acknowledges that he’s not the same explosive monster that he once was, DWade knows what his team needs, and promises to be in attack mode tonight.

From the Miami Herald:

“I mean, I want to score more points,” Wade said. “I don’t deal with the pressure of that. That’s when you start thinking too much, too many questions start coming up in your mind, you start overanalyzing things. I want to score more points, I want to get my team more to give us an opportunity to win the series.”

So, what’s the plan? “I’ll be more aggressive,” Wade said. […] After Game 1, Erik Spoelstra immediately turned his focus to Game 2, saying his team would make the proper adjustments needed to even the series. Finding a way to get Wade involved more offensively is No. 1 on Spoelstra’s list of things to do differently. “We’ll get him opportunities to attack, and I think he had a couple good opportunities to get into the paint there in the fourth quarter — a couple of them he wasn’t able to convert,” Spoelstra said. “But he was aggressive during the quarter, and so we’ll try to get him in places where he can continue to be aggressive.”

You might recall that Dwyane Wade came under intense criticism following Game 3 of the series against the Indiana Pacers. He was able to bounce back after getting his knee drained, and finished strong.

The Miami Heat don’t need Dwyane Wade to turn back into the 2006 version of himself – that guy is long gone – but they do need him to break out of the funk he’s in, and to return to his normal aggressive self in Game 2 tonight, and going forward.

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  • JMO

    dwade needs to stop talkin about he not the same dwade from 06 im not the same me from last yr people reivent themsevles. wADE NEEDS TO STEPUP ND BE THE SUPERSTAR HE IS. U DIDNT HEAR LEBRON TALKIN LIKE THIS AFTER LAST YEAR. dWADE FULL OF IT HE NOT TRYIN HARD ENOUGH IF HE DOES TRY HARD ENOUGH WE WILL SEE A SUPERSTAR DWADE.

  • Ldub

    Promises Promises! Hope he comes through.

  • JMO

    @Ldub lebron promise to win 7 chips nd he the main reason miami lost last yr

  • ash

    There were shots Miami just missed in 3rd and 4th quarter. As long as Wade, James, Chalmers, and please bring Cole off the bench is agressive Miami will be fine. Let Miller, Battier, Jones hit the jumpshots.

  • bike

    Not sure aggressive is what he needs more of…play better, make shots, draw fouls etc. is what we want to see.

  • bull22

    i guess he means is going to more aggressive with his whining to the referees, because him and lebron have perfected that..

  • http://blackamericaweb.com charliewinning

    We will see.

  • Ldub

    JMO….you do realize that this was an answer to a question the media asked him right? He didnt just hold a press conference and say hey guys im not the same from 06′ but i can still play!…and as far as lebron saying this…he is only 27…his body, muscle mass, style of play is different. he will get worn down in a few years but he isnt 30. he wouldnt have a need to say that he isnt the same lebron from 06′, cuz he is better, in his prime. Wade is quickly getting past his prime.

  • Ldub

    bike….that is being more aggressive. if he takes 2 dribbles and pump fakes then holds the ball for 3 seconds…that is passive. he needs to “take the shots, and attempt to get fouled”. He wasnt doing that. Also he needs to get his @$$ back on D and stop trottin up the court when he misses a layup. That gives the definite advantage to the fast break offense. Guys like haslem and chalmers arent talented enough to stop a fast break like Wade and Lebron are. Get back on D!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    oh dear. if anything, Wade needs to be less hesitant. Not more aggressive. He isn’t scoring like he used to, so he shouldn’t shoot so much.

  • lakernation

    I hate when they say more aggressive as if they dont play aggressive all the time anyway… ITS THE FINALS how much more aggressive can you get?

  • I’m J.J. Redickulous

    LeBron promises not let his teammates down. Game 1-4th quarter no show.

    D-wade promises this. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    There better be TPU tomorrow. Tired of following meaningless debates all over the place.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    There won’t be

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    BUll22, your hate was getting old a long time ago. quit pouting that the Bulls didnt get Lebron and move on you baby.

  • LA Huey

    JJ, There’s a HUGE difference between “not showing up” and “not coming through”.

  • I’m J.J. Redickulous

    @L.A. Huey. That’s true. So he promised he wouldn’t let his teammates down, and he didn’t back it up. He did not come through in my opinion.

  • Ldub

    He came through with 30 points. What are you talking about? He definitely isnt going to do this alone no matter if he scores 80. Russ had 27 to along with Durants 36. Contrary to belief…Durant didnt do this alone. He had help. And even if it wasnt in scoring…he had it from Thabo guarding James, which gave him or energy on offense. Wade nor Bosh showed up. And in the 2nd half it was ghost defense for the Heat!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    2:44, not me. Trolls be taking over.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk


  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    @Bull22, every player whines! @Lakeshow, how are those Lakers doing? Oh they suck you say? I agree.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I’m gonna assume that was troll caboose

  • JMO

    Ldub im sayin the bron younger nd played worster last year nd by no means iam i sayin age doesnt matter but there 3 yrs a part. wade jus came off a 41 point game in the semi final o yea nd he was getting guarded by a 6’8 guy tht plays good defense. He not playin as hard as he can cuz he worried about lebron. Nd dwade not out his prime he 30 if he out his prime name 10 players players better than him/ ill wait cuz u cant smh. Wade had the third best PER rating nd regard by many as the third best player i in the nba. he make zero sense so stop.

  • http://deleted Ldub

    fu[k you JMO

  • high off haze

    dwade is only 3 years younger than kobe…i hope that ends any debate that puts him in the same category…he wouldnt even won in 06 if tim donaghy wasnt reffing (he had more foul calls go his way then that whole mavs team)..any excuse that you dwade fanatics make just look at kobe…& he played since highschool so that “his body is wearing down” crap is for the birds….he is just another tmac to be honest he doesnt even play d…like it or not but its true..

  • riggs

    you MUST be high

  • chillout

    @nbk I hope you meant to shoot less JUMPSHOTS not including layups. Dwade needs to get a lot of touches and without him the Heat are not winning. Big win today stealing one in OKC.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Yes just meant jumpers

  • JMO

    high off haze i smell a hater or maybe its just your bad body odor same could be said for the lakers in the king series. But hey lets not make you look bad.

  • JMO

    Ldub ya mom did hater

  • high off haze

    @JMO nahh no hater just dont like double standards…dont be mad because your favorite player is overrated..talking about how wade was ballin against the pacers..the pacers tho?? lets be real..he is on the heat with lebron u cant even double team him cus of lbj & he still is not gettin it done..say all u want kobe is gettin triple teamed…i respect dwade because i love the game of basketball and he is a good player..great player…but he is nowhere near what people think he is..this isnt nba2k12 lol…& no body odor what u smell is the haze as u can see in my name…tell ya mom to pay her cable bill & u mite get nbatv

  • Jmo

    high off haze u dont kno basketball cuz if you watch the boston series dwade got double team .lebron got single coverage tht common sense something you seem not to have. dwade top 5 players in the nba period . tell ya momz c wat f8ckin around got her a retard son lol.