dwyane wade

Tough defense may not have been the only factor that contributed to Dwyane Wade having one of the worst playoff performances of his career in Thursday’s blowout loss in Game 3 to the Indiana Pacers.

Wade is still dealing with lingering injuries that forced him to miss several games late in the regular season, and the Miami Heat guard required treatment in recent days for knee and leg soreness, sources told ESPN.com Thursday.

Wade was held scoreless in the first half of Game 3 and finished with just five points and five turnovers in 37 minutes during the 94-75 loss to the Pacers, dropping Miami into a 2-1 series deficit entering Game 4 on Sunday.

After missing 11 of his 13 shots from the field, Wade downplayed concerns about whether he has been slowed by an injury or illness during the series.

– Reported by Michael Wallace of ESPN.com