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Dwyane Wade certainly wants to touch the Larry O'Brien trophy more than twice in his career.
Though it was nice that Boston brought back the core of its team, the fact is that the Celtics still were 0-2 when they played the entire Miami Heat team in the Eastern Conference Finals.
What I mean by that is Chris Bosh only played big minutes in Games 6 and 7. Heat won by double digits in both to advance to the NBA Finals.
That doesn't include the fact that Dwyane Wade and Bosh were not close to 100% in those two games, and LeBron James was not at his NBA Finals MVP best, either.
With LeBron, only 27 years old, now entering the prime of his career, he will improve on his post-game even more.
Wade is motivated to get healthy and improve his jump shot, according to the Miami Herald:
Wade said the knee caused him discomfort throughout the postseason and, “I had to go through a lot to play. If people knew what I had to go through just to play, it was crazy. The biggest thing was I had a lot of swelling."
“My left knee is my power knee. It’s my explosion knee. When you are dealing with knee issues, you are dealing with lateral quickness [issues]. I dealt with it. At times, I did great with it. At other times, I didn’t do great with it.”
He said he had his knee drained before Game 3 against Indiana, when he scored five points on 2-for-13 shooting. “Very sore,” he said. “It was so much swelling, and I wanted some relief.”
Wade said he might work with a shooting coach “for the first time ever” after a postseason in which he shot 31 percent on mid-range jumpers (50 for 163) and 29 percent on three-pointers (10 for 34).
The goal, he said, “is to try to do more in the sense of my three-point game and midrange game, getting that back. My mechanics aren’t that bad. I don’t have an ugly shot, not one of those Shawn Marion shots. There are certain things in my shot I can change.”
Wade said a shooting coach could “give me a different look and [suggest] where I can get better.” He said he also wants “to continue to get better in the post.”
If Wade and LeBron get better, and the chemistry between the Big Three in Miami continues to grow, the addition of Allen's skill and championship experience could make the Heat nearly unbeatable in a seven-game series.