Heat vs. Knicks: LeBron James Struggles in New York, Dwyane Wade's Shades Banned

Sean Grimm@@Sean_GrimmCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2011

Dwyane Wade in his tinted shades (Kathy Willens/AP / January 27, 2011)
Dwyane Wade in his tinted shades (Kathy Willens/AP / January 27, 2011)

Last night the Miami Heat fell to the New York Knicks by a score of 93-88. LeBron James, who played the power forward spot in the absence of Chris Bosh, struggled mightily, going 7-of-24 from the field.

Dwyane Wade, who was wearing red-tinted goggles due to recent migraine issues, was hot for three quarters but nonexistent in the final quarter of play. Wade was 0-of-7 from the field in the fourth quarter.

The loss was Miami's fifth in its last six games.

The past few weeks have been particularly rough for Miami, as the Heat have been plagued by a slew of injuries. They are currently having to play without power forward Chris Bosh, who is still out with a high ankle sprain.

Bosh was sorely missed last night, as James just couldn't get going, missing numerous layups.

Another huge issue for Miami in the loss was the fact that the bench only produced eight points, all coming from one player—Joel Anthony. Yes, you are actually reading this right now: Joel Anthony was the only Heat bench player to score points last night.

If just a few other players off the bench could have contributed even just a couple of baskets, things might be different today. Instead, the Heat currently sit in the midst of a frustrating run as the Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls stare them down in the rearview mirror.

Miami takes the court at home tonight against the Detroit Pistons, who cannot be taken lightly right now. The Pistons are playing rather well as of late, coming off a huge road win a few nights ago in Orlando. It doesn't get any easier after tonight either, as the Heat take on young superstar Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

Dwyane Wade's "Wade Shades" Banned

Heat fans, and probably Wade himself, knew this was coming. 

A few years ago, Wade had a cut under his eye and began wearing personalized band-aids under his eye. The trend caught on quickly, as other players and even celebrities like rapper Lil Wayne began wearing their own "Band Wades."

David Stern and the NBA quickly shut the trend down, banning the personalized band-aids.

Wade's latest issue has been severe migraines, forcing him to miss the game against Toronto as well as a few practices. Still bothered by the light, Wade had to wear tinted goggles to ease the pain.

Before their matchup with the Knicks, the Heat had to bring the tinted goggles to the NBA in order for them to be approved. They were, and Wade had a particularly good performance in them last night aside from the fourth quarter.

The Wade Shades were a hot topic on Twitter last night, and Kevin Durant tweeted, "Dwade is killin in those baseball shades...i think ima get me a pair!"

However, surprisingly enough, or maybe not so much, the NBA has come out with a statement today banning the tinted goggles. They claim that Wade had an "unfair" advantage, as the tint allows his eyes to be hidden; thus defenders are not able to see which way he is going.

Is this truly the issue? Or is the NBA simply trying to avoid another Wade trend?

Either way, the Heat are hoping that Wade will be able to perform tonight without the shades to ease the migraine pain.

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