Wade leads the Heat to a Game 2 victory as series shifts to Miami
After getting kicked in the rear by the younger and inexperienced Philadelphia 76ers to open the first round of the playoffs, the Miami Heat knew they will need their superhero now more than ever if they expect to move onto the next round. And fortunately, the Flash showed up in Game 2 and he did what he does best: turn back the clock and play like he isn't 36 years old.
In an astonishing display of what could be one of his best and probably one of the last few playoff performances we'd ever see of him because he hasn't decided on his future just yet, Dwyane Wade scored 28 points while overtaking Larry Bird for the 10th place in the all-time playoff scoring list. And when Philadelphia attempted one more run in hopes of going to South Beach with a 2-0 series lead, the Flash contributed from almost every angle whether in the form of baskets, assists and, free throws. It's a vintage display from a guy who experienced two forgettable seasons with the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers before being sent back to the Heat at the 2018 trade deadline.
And frankly, the Heat won from that trade because they got back their beloved superhero who lead the Heat to a championship back in 2006.
Now that he's back with Miami and playing alongside Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside, this might be Wade's one last chance at another championship. And facing an inexperienced team like the Sixers in the first round, a team who won 17 straight games before Game 2? It's another test for the Flash.
Wade Needs More Help
With Joel Embiid expected to return to the Sixers in Game 3, the Heat must now provide the needed reinforcements for Wade and company and it all starts with Hassan Whiteside. In Game 2, Whiteside only scored 4 points while grabbing 5 rebounds in just 15 minutes.
In addition to this, the rest of the Heat must figure out a way to shut down the Sixers' super rookie, Ben Simmons who almost had a triple-double in Game 2. With Joel Embiid returning, that adds another problem to Erik Spoelstra because it means that Simmons has another center to pass the ball to. And we all know how great Ben Simmons is in passing the ball, right?
Can the Flash continue tapping into the Speed Force and lead the Heat forward against the Sixers? Some pundits are saying that the youth of Philadelphia players is an advantage but Miami still has the upper hand in terms of experience playing in the playoffs. Ben Simmons may be the Rookie of the Year but the Heat have their superhero of their own. His name is Dwyane Wade.