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Many people thought Dwyane Wade and LeBron would lose suffer in the stat columns by being forced to share the ball. Well, as the year has progressed, that thought has quickly vanished.
Wade and LeBron seem to have now fully meshed, and just .3 PPG separates the two (25.7 and 26.0). The pair take advantage of which player the defense chooses to lean their focus on by exploiting it. This can occur game by game and even quarter by quarter.
Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra has put critics to sleep with the success of the Heat. Is it really that hard? Props must be dished to Spoelstra for his end of quarter fluctuation of the two stars, with LeBron finishing out the beginning of halves and Wade leading the next period.
LeBron's number increased during Wade's absence in all formats but Wade is most often the scoring leader when he is at his best. His abilities as a pure scorer are a match-up issue for any team and having LeBron and Bosh around only makes dealing with him a bigger problem.
The bottom line is that both players have the ability to take over a game and whichever player the Celtics lean their focus on, the other will attempt to take over.
Wade will most often be the Heat's hottest hand.