Last night the San Antonio Spurs traveled back to Miami to face the heat in a rematch of last year’s epic NBA Finals. (Ya okay, sure. It was a preseason game and LeBron James wasn’t suiting up, but still.)
Without LeBron, it was up to Dwyane Wade to lead the charge for the two-time defending champs. Every year for the past few years, there have been concerns at the start of the season – because of his age and growing health concerns – that it will be the year Wade falls off and just doesn’t have it anymore. Some of these thoughts are valid – Wade certainly isn’t the player he was 5 or 6 years ago – but he’s still one of the league’s very best at the shooting guard position.
In 27 minutes of action last night, Wade was looking like his old self. He finished with 25 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. One of his assists, a feed to Chris Bosh, was the most memorable of his many great plays.
Late in the 2nd quarter, with the Heat leading 58-47, Wade brought the ball up the court and set up on the left wing. After Mario Chalmers cleared out of the area, Chris Bosh came over to set a pick. Wade used the screen and drove to the right, towards the middle of the court. Easily getting into the paint, he forced the Spurs defense to collapse on him. Meanwhile, Bosh rolled to the basket and Wade hit him with a beautiful bounce pass through traffic, which Bosh finished off with a lay-up.
As Uncle Drew would say, “Thats a pocket pass!”
If you have any suggestions for a pass we should consider, contact me on Twitter (@jmaloney9) or by email at maloneyj(at)xavier.edu.