5 Best Months of Dwyane Wade's Miami Heat Career

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5 Best Months of Dwyane Wade's Miami Heat Career
Dwyane Wade extended himself in February, and played some of his best ball.

Sometimes, Erik Spoelstra spits back.

That was the case late on a Saturday night in Philadelphia, after the Miami Heat coach watched Dwayne Wade make 14-of-18 shots for 33 points, and contribute to another victory.

Wade played prominent role in many Heat wins in February, as Miami lost just once.

“You know what?” Spoelstra said. “The human natural reaction for us was to roll our eyes at the beginning of the year, or even a handful of weeks ago, when people were criticizing him. He’s having a career year efficiency-wise.”

That's true, with Wade shooting 51.6 percent from the field.

And as brilliantly as he's played of late, shooting 63.1 percent over his past four games, February was actually only his second-most efficient month of this season—at least by that single metric.

In February 2013, he shot 53.2 percent from the field, while averaging 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists.

In December 2012, when so many national commentators—including Charles Barkley—were calling him out, with Barkley asserting that Wade was "losing his talent"?

That month shot 54.7 percent from the field, while averaging 21.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists.

There's no question that Wade looks healthier and springier lately.

As LeBron James noted, after Wade led a comeback against Cleveland:

“He was just in attack mode,” James said. “We ran some sets, were able to get him some really good looks, he was able to get some ‘and-1s,’ and once he gets into the paint and starts making shots, you could kind of see he had a bounce to his step.”

It's all made you say "WoW," or at least Wade hopes so. That's the nickname he's been trying to get fans and media to adopt and even James, who considers it "corny," to accept. It's an acronym for Way of Wade, a slogan used by the Li-Ning shoe company he endorses.

"Just having fun," Wade said. "Everybody don't take it too seriously."

Wade's play of late deserves to be taken quite seriously -- and his success speaks to his ability to adjust to changes in his body, and the offense.

But, believe it or not, he's had five even better months.

(All quotes for this piece were collected during the course of the author's coverage of the Miami Heat for the Palm Beach Post. All statistics were accurate as of Thursday afternoon.)

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