Playing without Chris Bosh, and against a proud, desperate Boston Celtics team with championship pedigree and a rabid crowd behind them, the Heat needed extraordinary efforts from both of its superstars Friday. Miami got a very good performance from LeBron James, but not enough from Dwyane Wade, and too little support from several others, excluding Mike Miller. James did all he could to keep his team from being buried on a night when he again filled the boxscore with 34 points on 16-for-26 shooting, with eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks. Wade showed a pulse after halftime, but his overall work (18 points, four rebounds, four assists, three turnovers) wasn't nearly up to his standards. But here's what most stood out: After getting a combined 35 free-throw attempts in Game 2 – 24 from James, 11 by Wade – the two combined for only five, all by James. And James missed four of those five. For perspective, Wade did not get to the line only three times during the regular season, and in those games, he played three minutes (before being injured), 29 minutes and 32 minutes. He logged 41 minutes Friday.
Wade's slow start hurts Miami Heat's chances in loss to Celtics
Miami Herald | Jun 2