I'm feelin it. We're going to see a great playoff from DWade this year. People that know him know that he picks up his game at some point after the all star break., to warm himself up for the playoffs. And his defense has been really good lately as he's making plays all over the court like a tazmanian devil out there. And consecutive 30/11/5/2+ games with 4th quarter performances leading the team in the last 2 games shows it. He's picking it up a notch before picking it up further in the the playoffs.
Wade is Top 10 ALL TIME for career playoff PER. I just sense he's going to have one of his great playoff runs with this new team. Last year, on a horrible Miami squad that consisted of an old and finished Jermaine O'Neal and Mister Inconsistent Beasley as his Top 2 options, he shot 57% against the Celtics for the series.
Here's an excerpt (and Video) of one of his historical playoff performances we've become accustomed to with D3.
Wade Scorches Celtics In Historic Performance
Celtics coach Doc Rivers called it "Phenomenal." Heat coach Erik Spoelstra described it as "Greatness." In my opinion, no word can accurately describe D-Wade's scoring barrage yesterday afternoon.
As a Boston fan, the Celtics loss was disappointing, but as a basketball fan I couldn't help but appreciate Dwyane Wade's historic performance as I watched Game 4 slip away from the Celtics' grasp. Wade played his heart out
His 46 points was undoubtedly one of the greatest all-time playoff performances against the Celts, but where exactly does it stack up?
The Celtics have had some incredible playoff scoring performances. Bob Cousy (50), Sam Jones(51), John Havlicek (54), and most recently Ray Allen (51) have all scored over 50 points in Boston green and white.
However, only 3 players have cracked the half century mark against the C's in the postseason, Michael Jordan (63), Elgin Baylor(61), and Bob Pettit(50). Although Dwyane Wade fell 4 points short of the milestone, he shot 16 of 24 from the field, giving him a shooting percentage close to 67%.
Guards don't shoot 67%. It just doesn't happen. In the playoffs, regular season, pre-season, or pickup games at the local YMCA. Guards don't shoot 67%. When LeBron James scored 45 on the C's in game 7 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals, he shot 48% from the field. When MJ scored 63 points in 2OT back in '86 against Boston, he shot just under 54%. When Elgin Baylor set the record for most points in a regulation playoff game with 61 in the old Boston Garden, he didn't even shoot 48%.
I'm confident Wade could have scored another dozen had he not made an effort to get his teammates involved early in the contest. Amazingly, Wade only had 2 points in the 2nd quarter. He did however pick up the slack and score 30 of his 46 points in the 2nd half to set another franchise record. Although Jordan outscored Wade, he had 2 extra overtime periods and failed to win the game.