Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at 10:25 am  |  25 responses

Dwyane Wade Thinks It’s Good for LeBron James to Guard Kevin Durant

The LeBron James/Kevin Durant duel is one of the sexiest matchups in NBA Finals history, and Dwyane Wade argues that the defensive assignment on the explosive Durant will do wonders for James’ game. From the Palm Beach Post: “I’m glad he has that challenge because it’s going to make him focus more,’ Wade said. ‘It’s going to make him play a little different. I’d rather for him to be guarding Kevin Durant than to have to guard DeShawn Stevenson like last year, where he wasn’t as involved. And also Shawn Marion, he wasn’t as involved. Kevin Durant, you’ve got have your antennas up at all times. I think it’s going to bring out the best in both of them.’”

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  • FnF

    Just imagine DeShawn Stevenson reading this article while getting his championship ring tatted on under his left eye.

  • Feez_22

    @FnF LMAO

  • Fat Lever

    Why does Wade come off as a complete @$$ nowadays? Dude has easily become the most unlikable Heat(er?) of them all.

  • http://slamonline.com rr

    u know that was a great interesting comment wade true

  • Ismael

    What Fat Lever said ^ ^ ^

  • Ash

    Everyone wants him to guard Durant but he can only do it for limited amt of time. Lebron has too many responsibilities on offensive.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^yeah but if he doesn’t who will? haslem? battier will get burnt

  • Lloyd

    Yep Fat Lever. Probably because he seems like a little bratty kid with a sense of entitlement without really doing anything. He just handed the reigns of his team over without even a fight. I don’t know how a competitor can do that.

  • bike

    So if Dwade guards Westbrook will it bring out the best in him? So far, nothing seems to work for Wade.

  • mask

    Wade needs to worry about what hes gonna do with Harden.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    We all know that Battier on Sefolosha will be the most thrilling matchup of the series lol! Seriously Bron will have to play boith ends and so will Durant si it will boil down to who has the best mental and physical conditioning.

  • manu

    haha puss wade Deshawn was busy nailing 3′s in game 6 to seal ur coffin bud….and marion was busy shutting u down

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=542782613 The White Charles Barkley

    SPOELSTRA: If u thought Melo lit shane battier up then you havent meet the beast thats wears #35. Take notes because theres a huge difference between melo’s and durants scoring spurts. Durant does his in the fourth when its winning time. If you dont put Bron on KD after you lose you’ll go down as one of the worst coaches in history. (Doc almost gave you that title last series.)

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    just for the record, typically, Melo scores more than Durant in the 4th. not that Melo is even close to a better player (or as good of a player), just sayin.

  • Fat Lever

    To TWCB’s point, it’d be interesting if Spoelstra lets Battier man up Durant in Q’s 1-3, then puts Lebron on him exclusively in the 4th. Conserve Lebrons defensive energy until it’s time to slow Durant down.

  • T-Money

    wade should worry about getting buckets.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Battier will be on Durant a ton. Simply because Miami has to use LeBron at the 4. If your advantage is focused on speed and spacing, having your fastest more powerful player at a big man position is an inherent advantage that you have to take advantage of. As much as Battier can’t guard Durant, Ibaka can’t guard James.

  • FnF

    ^^^That is what this series comes down to. When Wade and Anthony leave the floor for Miller and Battier, how will the Thunder counter? KD on Lebron, Ibaka on Battier leaving the lane open, or Ibaka on Lebron 30 feet out. Or do the Thunder simply play a zone and hope Miami goes cold?


    when the heat start Rio Wade James Battie n Bosh which one of the thunder big is come off the bench. if not kendrick or ibaca will be running around the 3 p line chasing Battie all night long. i think the mistmatches will confuse the thunder and the heat won’t allow themselves to lose back to back Finals.

  • FnF

    Losing in back to back finals isn’t the worst thing that could happen. Just ask Jim Kelly.

  • LA Huey

    The Wade hate in these comments is so ridiculous I’m not sure if it’s a joke.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Everyone knows that Wade has a point but since it’s the in thing to hate anything that comes out of a heat player’s mouth, everyone is acting like the guy just said he hates puppies.

  • mmayah

    How is there hate in what Wade said? He’s telling the truth… seems nowadays you can’t tell the truth if your on the Miami Heat

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    That man is beautiful. Imagine his hands and my body.

  • http://yahoo.com silverchris40

    just forget it wade..heat is lebron’s team now!!