It's no secret Heat guard Dwyane Wade has struggled against Boston this season. In four games he's averaging 12.8 points (almost half of his 25.5 ppg average during the season) and shooting .281 from the field (far below his career-best .500).
Boston guard Ray Allen is averaging 20.3 ppg against Miami this season and running Wade ragged on defense. If the Heat is going to beat Boston in this second-round Eastern Conference playoff series, Wade has to improve at both ends of the court.
"We need him to be aggressive," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We need him to score. (But) probably better player than I've been around, he's able to figure defenses out. The more he sees it, the more he's able to crack the code."
Boston, of course, has beaten Miami three out of four games this season. But Miami won the last matchup, 100-77, on April 10.
It was a good news/bad news game for Wade. The Heat finally beat Boston, and Wade had eight assists, which aided in the winning effort. But he only scored 14 points on 4-for-12 shooting.
That won't get the Heat a victory in this series. Wade has to play better.