If you feel like Dwyane Wade has been a weak link for the Miami Heat during the NBA Finals and longer, this video will definitely support your position.
Our friend Dylan Murphy put together this compilation video, and it shows Wade playing some incredibly lazy defense during the Finals. He’s often loafing it down the floor and the last guy to get back on defense. He doesn’t locate his man well. He wasn’t keeping track of his man well. He was getting out-hustled all over the place.
If you’re wondering why Manu Ginobili had so much success in Game 1, look no further than Wade’s bad defense as the reason. Seriously, his lazy defense was constantly exploited by the Spurs.
I don’t know, maybe Wade’s knees are seriously limiting his effort here. Maybe this is all he can do. But it sure doesn’t seem like it. And no matter how you look at it, it’s certainly putting the Heat at a disadvantage.