Originally written May 18, 2013 on NBA Injury News:
Over recent years, nobody in the NBA had personified toughness as has Dwyane Wade.Having to take things slowly at various stages throughout the season while recovering from off-season knee surgery, Wade was a popular target for the question of whether age and knee injuries had diminished his skill level.Wade responded in kind by having a fantastic regular season, averaging 21.2 points, 5.1 assists, 5.0 rebounds and a career-high shooting percentage of 52.1%.Wade is the first to admit that he is not the same player he was in 2006, but show me any athlete that is as good as they were two or three years ago let alone seven years ago."It's frustrating at times," Wade said. "You try to do what you can. How I feel is, sometimes it feels good and sometimes it doesn't. You can't predict it. Try to go out there and continue." "Some days are better than others. Certain games, make a move or do something and the shooting pain might come up."At times, the Heat have put their spin on carrying an injured Dwayne Wade."He understands better than anybody that are some days he is out there to just help us win, and he does that with his minutes on court," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.  "Is he coming in here and getting 30 a night? He's creates a lot of good things for us defensively, he competes and gives us a presence from the perimeter.”Can the Heat win this year’s title with Wade far below 100 percent physically and performing like a role player grinding through minutes rather than a superstar who can change a game in an instant? We’ll soon find out. But put simply, Wade continues to prove he still possesses superstar talent.Follow @hoopsinjurynews
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