Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade has no interest in playing defense against the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the playoffs on this play.
The name of the game is simple. Score points by getting the ball in the hoop and keep your opponent from scoring. Offense and defense. How that is executed gets complicated with different versions of high-screen and rolls, man-to-man defense, and isolation basketball. It requires constant activity and awareness on the court. Well, it should.
It happens to all of us. We get together with friends on a weekend and play pick-up games. Every once in a while, you lose your man on defense and he scores and easy one. Well, that is what happened to Dwyane Wade.
Maybe. Or, maybe he just assumed that Celtics center Kelly Olynyk was going to drain a corner three, given how wide open he was at the time. Problem is, Olynyk missed, and Wade seemed to have little care for boxing out or going for a rebound. It translated into an easy two-point tip in for Avery Bradley.
Defense? We don’t need no stinkin’ defense! Or, channeling our inner Allen Iverson, we’re talkin’ about defense. Not a dunk. Not a three. We’re talkin’ about defense.
With the series tied at two games apiece, and a close battle in Boston tonight, one would think the drive to play all out in playoff basketball would be inherent. And, with a possible future Hall of Fame player, former champion, and veteran player, a little defense is expected.
This will not win or lose the game, but the attitude of play tells the tale of disinterest and eventual defeat. The Bulls have the chance to knock off the Eastern Conference’s top seed. They just need full effort.