By Bryan Jeon
Dwyane Wade had been out 6 1/2 weeks with a dislocated left shoulder, in which time the Miami Heat (42-35) went on a 16-7 tear to go from flirting with even making the playoffs to leading the SouthEast division and possible homecourt advantage for the first round of the playoffs.
In his first game back, Wade played a good 27 minutes off the bench, scoring 12 points on 3-for-9 shooting and going 6-for-12 from the line and adding 8 assists but turning the ball over 6 times as well in their 111-103 overtime loss to the lowly Bobcats.
From a fantasy perspective, you want to insert Wade back into your lineup before the Heat’s next game Tuesday, a home-and-home with the Bobcats in Charlotte.
From a team perspective, it’s easy to look at this performance as signs of a little rust in Wade’s first game back, but it should also be something to monitor as the season comes to a close. The Heat cannot afford these types of games from their superstar in the postseason, and if the shoulder, which seems to not bring any pain to Wade at the moment, is affecting his shot in any way, they should reconsider the amount of minutes he is playing to give it some possibly unknowingly needed rest.
Am I overreacting from an extensive shooting evaluation from Wade’s first game in return? Possibly, but not probably. Wade has only shot worse than .333% from the field once all season and averages an excellent .494% from the field and .816% from the charity strike.
Also, Wade has missed at least one game in a row three times this season, and in those three games in return, he has been solid, averaging 35.3 ppg on .571% (36-63), 5.0 rpg, 6.0 apg and 4.0 spg. So it’s tough for me to write this off as an off-night, as it shows the severity of the injury compared to the ones Wade has had to face earlier in the season.
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