Dwyane Wade conquers the Wizards

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Wade couldn't be stopped - AP Nick Wass

Wade couldn't be stopped - AP Nick Wass

The Wizards are reeling after losing back-to-back games to Eastern Conference foes. Last night the Wiz were crushed in Cleveland and tonight they fell 93-89 at home to their division rival Miami Heat. Dwyane Wade was sublime, clearly outplaying everyone on the court on his way to 40 points on 14 of 26 shooting. Gilbert Arenas countered with 32 points of his own, but his horrible lob pass at the basket with less than 15 seconds left to play clanked off the rim and Miami hit free throws to seal their win. Arenas shot poorly for the second straight game, missing 18 of his 27 shots.

Apart from Arenas, only Brendan Haywood [16 points, 11 rebounds] really played well tonight for the Wizards. Caron Butler grabbed 10 rebounds, but scored only 13 points on 13 shots and Andray Blatche missed 8 of his 12 shots and appears to have completely reverted to his prior self. As a team, the Wizards shot under 38% and allowed the Heat to shoot almost 49% from the field. Miami also hit 8 of 14 3-pointers, while the Wiz hit only 5 of 16 on threes. In fact, the game was only close because Washington took 9 more free throws than Miami, though they managed to hit only 4 more.

The Wizards began the game asleep, falling behind by 19 points in the first quarter as their offense couldn’t buy a bucket and their defense was nowhere to be found. They fought their way back to a 9-point deficit by halftime and tied the game up after 3 quarters. The team actually took a 3-point lead at one point, but every time it seemed the Wiz were about to take control, Dwyane Wade would exert his mastery and take the game right back from them. Quentin Richardson bombed the Wiz from the outside and added 19 points and Udonis Haslem gave the Heat 13 points and 7 boards off the bench, but it was all about Wade tonight. Without Wade, the Heat are one of the worst teams in the league. With him, they are a playoff team and maybe more.

Tonight, Wade reminded everyone that no MVP conversation is complete without his name being mentioned early and often. It was an awesome performance tonight and one that he will repeat many times during this season.

As for the Wizards, they have lost 2 in a row and don’t look capable of beating good teams right now. Their shooting has gone into the tank the last two games and they are not getting much from anyone other than Gilbert and Brendan. They have not played much offense or defense for the last 7 quarters. Is this just an early season slump that will be forgotten after a flurry of wins or is this indicative of major problems with the team and its ability to compete with playoff caliber opponents. We’ll find out more soon, but the early returns are hardly encouraging for the Wizards or their fans.

Miami Heat (3-1)

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Field Goals Rebounds
pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
Q. Richardson F 42:35 7-10 5-7 0-0 +12 0 9 9 1 2 0 3 0 0 19
M. Beasley F 24:05 5-10 0-0 0-0 -1 1 3 4 1 4 0 2 1 0 10
J. O’Neal C 32:52 2-7 0-0 0-0 +17 2 5 7 2 3 0 2 1 1 4
D. Wade G 42:35 14-26 2-5 10-13 +12 0 4 4 5 3 1 4 2 0 40
M. Chalmers G 35:40 1-6 1-2 2-2 +6 0 0 0 8 5 2 4 0 3 5
C. Arroyo 10:30 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 1 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
U. Haslem 31:58 5-11 0-0 3-4 -5 3 4 7 0 2 0 2 0 1 13
J. Anthony 12:30 1-1 0-0 0-0 -11 1 3 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 2
D. Wright 07:15 0-1 0-0 0-0 -8 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Cook Reason : DNP 00:00 - - - - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Y. Diawara Reason : DNP 00:00 - - - - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Jones Reason : DNP 00:00 - - - - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Magloire Reason : DNP 00:00 - - - - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Quinn Reason : DNP 00:00 - - - - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Randolph Reason : DNP 00:00 - - - - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 240 35-72 8-14 15-19 8 30 38 19 25 3 17 5 5 93
48.6% 57.1% 78.9% Team Rebs: 6 Total TO: 17
Washington Wizards (2-2)

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Field Goals Rebounds
pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C. Butler F 44:51 6-13 0-0 1-2 -2 5 5 10 1 3 1 5 0 1 13
F. Oberto F 21:18 1-3 0-0 0-0 -5 1 2 3 3 2 0 1 0 0 2
B. Haywood C 35:56 6-12 0-0 4-4 -18 4 7 11 1 4 2 1 2 1 16
M. Miller G 19:29 3-5 1-2 1-1 +5 0 4 4 3 2 0 1 0 0 8
G. Arenas G 37:50 9-27 2-8 12-15 -14 0 1 1 3 2 2 3 0 1 32
R. Foye 18:42 2-6 2-3 0-0 -6 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 6
D. Stevenson 23:08 0-3 0-3 2-4 +5 1 2 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 2
A. Blatche 30:30 4-12 0-0 2-2 +4 2 5 7 2 2 1 0 2 2 10
J. McGee 08:16 0-1 0-0 0-0 +11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. James Reason : DNP 00:00 - - - - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. McGuire Reason : DNP 00:00 - - - - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Young Reason : DNP 00:00 - - - - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 240 31-82 5-16 22-28 13 28 41 15 18 7 12 5 5 89
37.8% 31.2% 78.6% Team Rebs: 13 Total TO: 15

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