Originally written December 11, 2012 on NESN.com:
Dwyane Wade has been facing some constant criticism for his play this season, but has turned in two strong performances in a row in wins over Atlanta and New Orleans. LeBron James seems to have noticed his teammate’s improved play, and the star didn’t hold back when asked what Wade’s recent hot streak means for the team. “It means Charles Barkley needs to shut up,” James said. “I mean, [Wade] is shooting 80 percent from the floor the last couple of games. That’s like, crazy, right? That’s why he is who he is. Unbelievable.” Wade scored 26 points with 4 rebounds and 4 assists against the Hawks, after dropping 26 points on the Hornets on Saturday. That comes after the guard struggled against the Knicks and Wizards, leading Barkley to surmise that the 30-year-old Wade is no longer the elite player he once was. “The toughest thing when you’re a great player or very athletic, when you can’t jump over a building anymore, you have to learn how to play,” Barkley said during a TNT broadcast o
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