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Just a guess here, but Dwyane Wade must be sick and tired of hearing about him possibly being injured.

It's more than a guess, actually. He's clearly annoyed with people wondering if he's hurt. Dwyane doesn't even like to talk about his injuries when he is actually hurt, so he must be extremely annoyed answering questions about his health just because he shot 37 percent with 15 turnovers in his last three games against the Bulls.

Wade says he basically had some dead legs, at least that's what he was overheard saying after the Game 5 clincher (something to the effect of "I gotta get my legs back under me.").

Wade-stevenson “I had bumps and bruises then if anyone remembers that (2006 Finals) series,” Wade said Sunday. “Obviously I’m five years older, so I’m not as fast and athletic as I was when I was 24, but when it comes to my body, I mean, playing this many games everyone’s body has taken a beating. But it’s mental right now more than physical at this point.”

So these days to rest before Tuesday's Game 1 will certainly help him.

As will all the talk his struggles.

Remember how people spoke about Dwyane's struggles against Boston during the regular season leading up to that Game 1 of the second round?

In large part because of that, Wade was determined to perform in that game. He answered with 38 points on 21 shots, with five assists, three steals and two blocks.

He did say it's mental at this point. And if Wade's determined to show he's fine, the Mavericks will probably be the victims.

It's not as if Wade shot the ball poorly against the Mavs in the regular season. He was 16 of 33 (48.4 percent) combined in the two games against Dallas in the regular season, and got to the line 17 times (missed nine of them, though). His main problem against the Mavericks was turnovers, and that was just in the first game, when he had seven. And that was when this offense was unfamiliar and awkward.

The Mavericks will probably employ some zone in this series, which would encourage the Heat to take outside shots. Wade's easily the best on this Heat team at penetrating a zone, so he would probably have more responsibility than LeBron James against the Mavericks zone (LeBron's better at working the middle of the zone and either passing to a cutter on the baseline or hitting a mid-range shot).

If Wade has his legs under him and his quickness is there, he'll be able to break down the Mavericks zone. If the Mavs go man-to-man, he'll have to deal with DeShawn Stevenson, who's a very good one-on-one defender but not good enough to consistently stop Wade. Besides, more often than not, the Mavs run Jason Terry or even Jason Kidd at the two-guard, with J.J. Barea coming in to handle the point. Kidd is a quality defender still, but he does it with strength, good positioning, good anticipation and quick hands. He's not exactly quick anymore, and Wade has had some success against him.

Wade's biggest issue will likely be once he gets to the paint. Tyson Chandler is terrific at altering shots, and he's big enough to flat-out block Wade's shot. So he might attempt a good number of pull-up jumpers or floaters over the big man.

Either way, with all this time to rest his legs, work on his strategy and listen to those who are questioning him, there's a good chance Wade will have a strong Game 1.

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A slump is a slump.
We are just not used to seeing Wade struggle for a whole series. In past seasons Wade would get more opportunities to break out of a slump. Since we have the Big 3, if Wade doesn't have a rhythm going he may not have a chance to get in one, not enough bballs to go around.

Man the way Wade was playing vs the Bulls, I thought someone had snatched the kids up and demanded a ransom! LOL! But cream always rises to the top! For all his struggles he was able to close out overtime with 6 points and 3 blks! And in game 5, the 4th quarter Wade was as clutch as anyone!!! Wade will be Wade vs. Dallas!

This series will be just like the rest!!

"he must be extremely annoyed answering questions about his health just because he shot 37 percent with 15 turnovers in his last three games against the Bulls."

It wouldn't kill the DivaWade if he gave some credit the the Bulls' patented, suffocating Defense, huh.

Not worried bout Wade. You know it won't last...and when it kicks in...look out Mavs !

The Bulls patented, suffocating defense is at home. The heat athletic, lock down defense is playing for the ship. I am very happy with Wade because he has been embracing the defensive side of the ball for weeks now. Whenever he can give us outstanding play on both sides of the ball, it's a bonus. I remember when we was losing games because of his defense. I'll take a 4 qt defensive Wade with a 4th quater ventage Wade any time, anywhere and any game. Winning is the only thing that matters to me. Wade is beginning to look like a better Ray Allen and this is a great thing.

A house is not a home. We played the last game of the year with House money.I like to give a shot out and special thanks to Luther Vandrose and Eddie House. The Ship has got to sail thru our House.

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