Originally posted on RealGM  |  Last updated 6/22/13
Dwyane Wade had his left knee drained one day before Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Wade played 39 minutes in the finale, scoring 23 points on 11-for-21 shooting. "We know what he was dealing with," Erik Spoelstra said after Game 7. "Really, he should be commended for being out there and doing whatever it takes, putting himself out there for criticism, possible criticism, because he wasn't 100 percent. And he just helped us win. That was the bottom line. It was a selfless effort for two months. And some players probably wouldn't have played."Wade said the knee trouble was one of the worst things he’s dealt with in his 10-year career. "The toughest part of it is, you work all season to get healthy coming off of knee surgery," Wade said. "And when I finally got the way, everybody saw in my play that I was playing great, some of the best basketball in the role I have on this team. Then I get the bone bruises, and something I worked hard for was getting taken away, and I dealt with it for three months. It was disappointing, frustrating. It hurt. I was able to mask it some nights. Some nights, not."
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