Dwyane Wade would love to play a larger role than he has in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers. Unfortunately, a bum knee has limited him throughout the postseason and will continue to be an issue for the rest of Miami's season.
In a series where both Wade and Chris Bosh have been badly outplayed by LeBron James and offered little assistance to their best player, neither has offered much in the way of accountability for their pathetic performances.
Against the Pacers, Wade has shot 34-of-77 (44.2 percent) for 87 points, while Bosh has shot just 23-of-56 (41.1 percent) for 68 points. Meanwhile, LeBron has gone off for 171 points (more than Bosh and Wade combined) on a solid 65-of-126 shooting (51.6 percent).
After the Game 6 91-77 loss to Indiana and prior to their Game 7 matchup on June 3, both Wade and Bosh offered startling answers to explain their play in a game where the two combined for 15 points on 19 shots.
"I didn't show up for my teammates tonight," said Bosh, via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Wade, who missed eight of his 11 shot attempts in the game, said, "We've got to do a better job of making sure me and Chris can have opportunities to succeed."
I guess Wade didn't remember his botched layups or his decisions to pull up for long twos early in the shot clock.
Arguably the most troubling quote came from Wade, who has failed to take accountability for his shortcomings during the playoffs, as reported by Brian Windhorst of ESPN: "We've got guys individually who want to play better. But we've got to try to help each other out in this locker room and not leave it up to the individual to self-will it."
It's time for Wade, Bosh and the rest of the Miami Heat team to look in the mirror and ask if they want this as badly as LeBron does.
It sure hasn't looked like it against an Indiana team that has been ready for every test Miami has thrown its way.