There was more bad news for the rest of the NBA on Monday. Dwyane Wade was named the league’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

The Heat has won 18 consecutive games, owns the best winning percentage (.770) in the NBA and is in near-perfect health. And now this: the best basketball player on Planet Earth wasn’t even the best player on his own team last week.

LeBron James — humanity’s best hope should the fate of the world ever ride on a single game of one-on-one — has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week five times this season, but on Monday he was upstaged by Wade, who is suddenly playing some of the best basketball of his career.

That’s a bold statement, considering Wade has had a Hall of Fame career, but consider the facts: He has scored at least 20 points in nine consecutive games while having to defer to James. Defensively, Wade has recorded at least one steal in 22 consecutive games for the first time in his career.

“I know you can’t win an Oscar unless everybody does their job,” Wade jokingly said of James after Miami’s 105-91 victory over the Pacers. “We are a total team here. We don’t have one guy that is just [playing isolation] and takes 20 something shots or 30 shots a night.”

Wade is averaging fewer shots per game this season (16.2) than anytime since his rookie season, but his shooting percentage (52.3) has never been higher. In his past nine games, Wade is averaging 26.5 points while shooting 60.8 percent from the field.

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