The Miami Heat accomplished their goal of winning another NBA Championship. At first, it looked like it would be too easy, but it proved challenging during the latter part of the playoffs. This was in large part due to the reduced role and inconsistent play of Heat guard Dwyane Wade, who battled through knee injuries this season. Now that the campaign is over, Wade told reporters – including the South Florida Sun Sentinel – that he will take a month off from baseball-related activities in order to allow his knees to heal.
Wade entered the playoffs with a knee ailment stemming from years of abuse and hard play as well as injuries from earlier in the season. His condition didn’t improve, and he sat out of Game 4 in the first round.
The Heat were then pushed to the brink in their final two series, meaning Wade had to log a large amount of minutes even with his ailing knees. It got to the point where he was questionable to play in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, as he had to have his knee drained.
Still, Wade was able to battle through the pain and suit up for the Heat. They were able to collect their second consecutive championship, but it will be interesting to see what they can get out of Wade going forward.