I don’t think I’ve seen Dwyane Wade play this passively in a long time. He often takes bad shots, but they’re usually bad shots out of aggression. In this game, he’s almost playing scared.
The last sequence was telling. Wade got a great kick-out pass from LeBron James at the top of the key. He was wide open. He didn’t shoot, though, looking at the rim, then putting it on the floor. Worse, instead of driving by Paul George, he tried taking a stepback jumper on him that fell way short.
I’m not sure what’s wrong with Wade, but it has to be something. He’s not just having a bad game. This feels worse.