Dwyane Wade Flop: Are Heat Better Without Him?

Dwyane Wade has been fined $5,000 for his Game 2 flop against the San Antonio Spurs. And deservedly so. The NBA says flopping is illegal and has tried to curb the act by fining players when they do.

And Wade's Game 2 flop was a doozy.

Although it came against Manu Ginobili, a man who has used flopping as the seeds to a Hall of Fame career. So, karma and all that.

Some have suggested that players who flop should be suspended a game.

If that were the case, would Wade's flop deserve a game suspension? And if so, would that be such a bad thing for the Heat?


The question of the Heat being better off without Wade has been floating around since last year's Finals, when the Heat were statistically atrocious with him on the floor, as opposed to without.

We even suggested Wade should play fewer minutes in last year's Game 7. He didn't. He played great. The Heat won. And the Heat Fan Cops came at me hard with their proverbial batons and tasers.

But it was clear in the overall picture of the 2013 Finals.

The Heat was much better off without Wade against the Spurs last year.

With both LeBron James and D-Wade on the floor, the Spurs blew a hole in the Heat to the tune of 57 total points.

Oddly, when Wade was on the bench and LeBron was operating without him, the Heat blew out the Spurs by the same margin -- 57 points.

The conclusion: The Heat were -57 with Wade but +57 without him.

But that was last year. Is the same happening this year?

It's hard to tell after just two games.

In Game 1, Wade dropped 19 points on 8-for-18 shooting. Not great, but not bad either.

He was also able to display his usual spectacular athleticism, like this:

But most of the damage came in the first half, when he was able to get to the line and slash into the paint, like we've been used to seeing. This was helpful when LeBron was on the bench resting.

But as much as the lack of A/C took LeBron out of the game with cramps, it also seemed to sap all of Wade's energy as well. With LeBron out, it was Wade's time to step up and take charge.

He did not.

Moreover, the Spurs went on an insane 39-1 run, mostly due to Wade's lack of closing in on guys like Danny Green, who hit three after three, breaking Miami's back. As a result, Wade's offense also suffered.

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Zach Scott
Zach Scott

Love the Heat, man, but stats don't lie. Wade's been on the decline.

winsomelosesome topcommenter

A hit piece on Wade???  No wonder the players don't read this shit!

Francisco Javier Tobon
Francisco Javier Tobon

Agree with Jay Starr even after reading the article. Not one credible sports journalist/influencer would question Dwyane Wade's effectiveness in an NBA Finals game. Despite your facts (based off of last year, + small sample size from this year), you're saying that 3-time champ and arguably the 3rd best shooting guard to ever play the game should play less minutes and be BENCHED. Dwyane Wade is the heart and soul of the team, he deflects attention away from Lebron/Bosh and is an elite defender. Seriously, what a lame way to try to play in relevant news with a poorly thought out analysis. The only part I agree with is the last sentence, where he expect Flash to throw down 25+ to shut down his haters. We're talking about championship DNA here, gentlemen.

New Times Broward Palm Beach
New Times Broward Palm Beach

Well, good thing you didn't click the post. You might have discovered that the writer was being reasonable and dealing with facts. That wouldn't have been good.

Jay Starr
Jay Starr

Seriously !!! Why would you post something as stupid as this " would the heat be better off with out d wade" didn't even click the post - it is stupid

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