Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at 10:30 am  |  18 responses

Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh Vanished in Game 3 of the NBA Finals

LeBron James may have taken the blame for the Miami Heat’s awful Game 3 performance last night, but his teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are just as guilty. They were nowhere to be found as the San Antonio Spurs took a 2-1 serise lead over the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. Per the Miami Herald: “The two combined for just six points in the second half, and four of those (from Wade) came after the outcome had long since been decided. ‘They came out in the third quarter and kicked our butt, and frustration started to set in,’ Wade said. Miami got the vintage version of Wade in the first half, but his excellence abruptly ended at halftime, and D-Wade unraveled in a dreadful second half, finishing with 16 points in the 113-77 loss. Bosh crashed the boards for the second game in a row (10 rebounds) but was underwhelming offensively, attempting only two shots in the second half and scoring 12 for the night. Wade looked like the Wade of old — not the old Wade — in a first half in which he filled the box score with 12 points, five assists and three steals. But the second half was dismal for Wade: four points on 2 for 8 shooting and no assists. And Wade, among others, was scorched defensively by Danny Green, who scored 27 points, including 22 in the second half, and hit 7 of 9 three-pointers. The idea of Green easily outscoring Wade over the first three games of an NBA Finals would seem hard to believe before this postseason. But Green has outscored Wade 56-43 in the series. [...] ‘[Spurs coach] Gregg Popovich knows when we get in the paint, we’re a very dangerous team,’ Wade said. ‘I’m not mad at a lot of shots we got. We just have to step up and make them. We’re playing against one of the best defensive teams. We have to make them like those guys did.’ [...] Wade got to the free throw line only twice, continuing a disturbing trend that has spanned most of these playoffs. Wade also had some defensive breakdowns on Green. ‘We got away from some trust,’ he said. ‘This was a terrible performance by the Miami Heat and we have to correct it.’ As for Bosh, his modest offensive contributions continue, at a most inauspicious time. After averaging 16.6 points during the regular season, Bosh hasn’t topped 13 points in seven playoff games in a row. Here are his point totals for the past seven: 7, 7, 5, 9, 12, 13 and 12. ‘We did a decent job of getting into the paint, but we didn’t capitalize,’ Bosh said. ‘They gave us a lot of different looks. We missed a lot of open shots.’”

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  • Stepfan Raiford

    D-wade is only good for one half now.

  • Jay Cutler

    Is it me or has Wade always been about the “we” made mistakes in the playoffs and “we” need to get better?

    I remember watching and he kept sleeping on Green and getting burned. This isn’t a one game thing. It’s been happening all series, going back even to when PG would hit those long 3s because Wade would fall asleep.

  • i_ball

    I miss the younger Wade and Manu

  • OneStep

    If Bosh moves any further away from the paint he’ll be shooting 3s from half-court. He has been horrible all playoffs. He cannot create his own shot, hates the post and abhors contact. Every stereotype anyone has labelled him with he has managed to live down to. As for Wade he is quite obviously hampered by injury still despite what is being said. He may still get up for an uncontested dunk but he’s shooting jumpers pretty flatfooted and resorting to floaters and push-shots instead of attacking the rim like he used to. He just looks like he’s playing at halfspeed with half of the intensity he normally shows. Miami look a better team when Birdman and Miller are on the floor than with these two.

  • Junkie

    All I know is Ive been screaming at the TV for someone to close out on Danny Green the past two games

  • b.huse

    Wade and Bosh are the first to the bench when the going gets rough. LeBron at least stays out there and plays.

    I think that Wade has a drinking problem or something like that and have thought that since these guys got together. He looks bloated and jogs around the court 90% of the time.

  • Jay Cutler

    That’s what I don’t understand. If he can’t contribute offensively and he can’t contribute defensively (getting torched by DG), then.. why is he playing as many minutes as he is?

  • Slammy

    Hey Slam, love the articles, but can we please get some paragraphs. it would make it so much easier to read the articles.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Wade didn’t really vanish he was active and tried to impose his will while he was out on the floor. Problem is, he wasn’t getting those home team/regular season calls he’s used to when he meets contact.

  • shockexchange

    That’s why D. Wade’s cryin’ in the Pacers series that he and Bosh weren’t getting enough touches is so hilarious. D. Wade and Bosh were hidin’ behind the Kang last night.

  • fruizm

    That request has been made like 20 times…they wont listen!!!!

  • Max

    20k times.

  • Max

    Because they don’t have any other options?

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  • DOOM

    I think LeBron let that Wade comment about him & Bosh getting more shots get in his head, because he’s not attacking, or creating. When the lane closes he’s simply hoisting up jumpers or passing…

  • spit hot fiyah

    i said that if they don’t show up, the heat would get handled. so far that is true

  • French

    methinks DWade, or WOW or whatever he calls himself now, needs to up his HGH dosage. It’s not havng any effect past the 1st half ]:

  • Dagger

    As a Raptors fan, I never thought I’d read that Bosh cannot create his own shot. Sadly I agree right now. He looks absolutely lost out there.