Dwyane Wade shot a career-high 84.6 percent from the field on Monday in the Heat's 101-92 victory against the Hawks. Wade was 11 of 13 from field against Atlanta and he's 20 of 25 from the field in his last two games.
Wade's hot hand led teammate LeBron James to offer this shot at Wade's No.1 critic, TNT basketball analyst Charles Barkley, who recently said that Wade's skills have diminished because of age and that Wade needs to adjust his game.
“It means that Charles Barkley needs to shut up," Barkley said. "[Wade] has been shooting 80 percent from the floor the past couple of games, come on man, it is crazy. That is why he is who he is. He is unbelievable.”
While Wade has downplayed Barkley's analysis, James said Barkley's criticism has not gone unnoticed.
“He is a motivated guy," James said. "All competitors get motivated when someone says something about them. He doesn’t pay much attention to it, he has heard it, I know he has. He doesn’t pay much attention to it but he does get motivated by it.”
Barkley has been critical of Wade several times in the last two seasons but recently said Wade has lost some of the explosion in his legs. Wade had knee surgery this offseason and said he expects to be back to full strength by the All-Star Game. It appears Wade is a little ahead of schedule.
“I really didn’t listen to the noise," Wade said. "I haven’t been paying attention. My job is trying to get better and get stronger on my own. I never really concerned myself with the noise that goes on outside here. I just try to be as efficient as I can, shooting 13 shots it is not nothing I am used to. Some nights you go 11-13 and some nights you go 3-13.”