Dwyane Wade looked lost in his locker after a game three playoff loss against the Pacers. He failed to score in the first half and made little impact in a night he seemed defeated. Wade was just 2-for-13 in a 19-point loss and had many correctable mistakes.
With two days between games in Indianapolis, the Heat had time to rest, relax and prepare for the next game. After individual treatment and a short film session on Friday, the team had the rest of the day off. Wade chose to head south to Bloomington, for the first time, and visit his college coach.
Following the Heat’s 101-93 victory over Indiana in game four, Wade was asked about his day with Crean at IU.
“I spent some time up in IU with my coach — first time there, great place, really nice campus. I really spent time with a mentor of mine, my father-figure and had a long day of long hours of conversations just talking about a lot of things. It was great for me to just get away and kind of get that energy that I needed from him.”
“They got a great team up there so he had film for me of my missed shots and of my made shots so I can see it, so I can see both.”
I’d say it worked. Wade finished with 30 points, nine rebounds, six assists in 41 minutes. And a win to tie the series at 2.