While Dwyane Wade had only himself to blame for a hideous performance, it's almost understandable that he went off on head coach Erik Spoelstra. I'd imagine most of us would be a little on edge if we were trudging through a similar failure. And oh, what a failure.
I believe we just witnessed the worst game of Dwyane Wade's professional career—worst playoff game anyway. I can cite numbers to back up this assertion. Such as, "He had five points and five turnovers." I can make mention of how the Heat were a minus-25 with their superstar on the court. I can also note that he went 2-of-13 while garnering a mere assist.
But it was worse to watch. So bad that ESPN's Brian Windhorst felt the need to say this:
Dwyane Wade is not injured, according to him, since people have been asking. That includes some GMs who text me.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) May 18, 2012
That bad? Yep, that bad.
He was terrible enough that you could declare his downward spiral a bigger factor than Chris Bosh's absence, though the two are likely connected. Again, it was worse to watch. Not only was he simply cold (we can debate on the validity of the "hot hand theory," but suffice to say his shooting was off), but his shot selection was also more errant than the misses.
On one play in particular, Wade followed up a contested shank with an almost instantaneous three-point chuck. Speaking of which, why is Wade even shooting from beyond the arc? He's a splendid player in almost every other facet, but deep tries aren't one of them.
Perhaps Dwyane Wade can regress to the mean next game and correct this course. But for now, he's doing the impossible: Wade's becoming the scapegoat on a team that features LeBron James.