Defense wins championships. As cliche a statement there possibly is, it’s the absolute truth.
Unfortunately, Dwyane Wade hasn’t gotten the message during the NBA Finals as he, like last year, has played tons of lackluster defense that has proved to be detrimental to his team. But unlike last year, they’ve got the entire defenseless show from Wade in games one through three on tape.
There are all kinds of defensive issues from Wade. His signature “complain to the referee and forget to defend in transition” is the first play caught on tape. For years, this has been an issue with Wade and in the Finals against a team that has multiple players who can beat you from three, most notably, Danny Green. He’s been lazy on switches, digging when he isn’t supposed to, and just lost on casual rotations.
Unlike the last few years, the Miami Heat can’t afford to have Wade–or anyone else-give minimal effort on that end of the floor. The main reason being that they’re playing the San Antonio Spurs whose offense could probably befuddle the Bad Boys Detroit Pistons defense, but because this defense hasn’t lived up to the usual expectations placed upon them. Lebron James has been a step slower, Dwyane Wade’s effort has been abysmal, and the Shane Battier-Udonis Haslem-Chris Andersen collective are alls step or two slower than they were in the previous year.
Game 4 is going well as of right now for Miami, partly because of defense, but it’s not over. This Heat team is known to turn it up when their backs are against the wall, so if the change doesn’t happen now, they’ll go down 3-1 heading back to San Antonio.