Doubting Dwyane Wade Can Be Detrimental to Your Health

Steve SmithSenior Writer IApril 25, 2010

MIAMI - APRIL 25:  Guard Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat reacts against the Boston Celtics in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on April 25, 2010 in Miami, Florida. Wdae had 46 points as the Heat defeated the Celtics 101-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Did I actually say it was likely Boston was going to sweep Dwyane Wade and my beloved Miami Heat out of the playoffs? Yes, I’m afraid I actually fell victim to that oh-so-prevalent malady of many disappointed fans, doubt.


I doubted the fortitude of the Miami Heat, and more importantly, I doubted Dwyane Wade.


That is a very, very stupid thing to do; for me, or any of his opponents. Just ask, the 2006 Dallas Mavericks and their fans.


In my defense, I did state I hoped Miami would “come out on fire” today and “prove me wrong” in my belief Boston was likely to close out the series in four games. I did state I hoped they would “make this series a little more respectable by winning a couple of games and showing some fortitude.”


Well, the fortitude is there, make no mistake about that.


With Dwyane Wade showing once again just how much of a superhero he can be, scoring 46 points overall, including 30 in the second half and 19 in the fourth quarter, the Miami Heat extended their series with Boston with a 101-92 win.


I’m an agnostic, but to go all biblical here in paraphrasing Isaiah 40:31, I’ll say I’ve put my hope in Dwyane Wade, and I’m now soaring on the wings of eagles; I’m running and not growing weary; and I’m walking and I’m not faint.


Is it guaranteed that Miami will win another game in this series? Absolutely not. I won’t disparage a great Boston Celtics team by belittling either their talent or will to win. They will be concentrating on doing just that when they return home.


It will take a mighty effort for the Miami Heat to climb out of the hole they’ve dug themselves just to bring the game back to Miami for a Game 6. Yet, although it will take them playing well, in all truth, as we’ve just witnessed today, Dwyane Wade can carry them on his back.


He did it against Dallas in 2006. Let’s not forget that series. Down 0-2, there was not a single person other than Miami Heat fans (and not many of them, really) who thought Miami had a chance in that series.


Then Dwyane Wade showed everyone in the world that he was one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the game, literally putting Miami on his back and willing them to four straight victories.


Can he accomplish such a feat again? History says no. Not a single team in the history of the NBA has ever come back from an 0-3 deficit in the playoffs. You know what I say to that after today’s performance by Wade? Absolute hogwash.


I will not doubt Dwyane Wade one bit. He may not accomplish it, but there’s no doubt in my mind anymore that he can. I’d forgotten 2006 a little, and today’s heroics by Wade only reiterated it in my mind.


And one thing I’d like anyone who’s still doubting it could happen to remember (I know you’re legion out there). Before the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees after being down 0-3 in the American League Championship Series in 2004, no team had ever accomplished that feat in baseball’s illustrious history either.


Someone’s going to do it one day. Simple mathematical probability. I say with Dwyane Wade on the Miami Heat, given his personal history in the 2006 Finals, it’s more than just a possibility, it’s almost a probability.


So, let’s go Heat!


Oh, and to all the fools saying Dwyane Wade is on his way out of Miami, quit your