Sunday's postseason opener answered one of the few questions some had about this Miami Heat team. Yes, Dwyane Wade is OK. And yes, he was taking names of everyone slandering him as he rested this season. Wade shot 10-16 for 23 points in 34 minutes, helping the Heat turn a tight first half into a comfortable 99-88 win.
After playing only 53 games this season, including just six in the past month, there was a bit of a question about how fast LeBron and Wade would hit their familiar playoff speed.
The answer: about two quarters.
LeBron scored 27 of his own, and the duo seemed to put it all together after a Bobcats second-half run had turned a seven-point halftime lead into a early third-quarter deficit.
Even though Dwyane Wade shot a career-high 54 percent from the field this season, many continue to attempt to prematurely retire him just because he doesn't go full throttle all season long anymore.
The maintenance program seems to be right on schedule, with Wade saying he feels the best he has all year and looking good heading into what he calls "the real season." It looks like if anyone is going to challenge Miami's throne, they'll have to deal with a healthy Dwyane Wade.
Wade and James still the best duo pic.twitter.com/0cYwDoe2T8
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Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat take Game 1 with a 99-88 win over the Bobcats! pic.twitter.com/nZdiO347XR
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Y'all ain't hip.... D Wade been rope a dopin the entire league all season
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LEBRON on if Wade "looked right": "Can't get no righter. He was in attack mode and got to the rim."
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