It’s almost like Erik Spoelstra and Carlisle are playing Russian Roulette in
these NBA Finals but Carlisle takes his turn with three or four of the
chambers full instead of one for Spoelstra. Miami’s mentor, despite doing his
best Lou Holtz impersonation on a daily basis, is concerned with just one
chamber, albeit a very dangerous one in Dirk Nowitzki.
The productivity of the Heat’s two All-Stars during this postseason has been
remarkable as has the give-and-take. If LeBron has it going on a given night
at the offensive end, Wade is leaping through the air to contest Shawn Marion
shots. If D- Wade is cooking offensively, James is shadowing Jason Terry with
an awe-inspiring combination of length, quickness and strength.
James has played 77 more minutes than Wade in Miami’s 14-4 postseason thus far
but has attempted just three more shots than his teammate (328 to 325).
Overall, D-Wade is the better “shooter,” hitting 48 percent of his shots to
LeBron’s 47 percent. In reality, however, he’s been a better “finisher” as LBJ
has made 15 more threes and is burying 38.4 percent beyond the arc as opposed
to 29.5 for Wade. Overall, James is netting 25.1 points per game in the
postseason and Wade is right behind at 24.6.
Both have been well above average at the free throw line with James making
115-of-146 (78.8 percent) and Wade nailing 118-of-151 (78.1 percent). James is
obviously the better rebounder pulling down 8.5 to 7.4 for Wade, but Dwyane
does a better job crashing at the offensive end with 36 pulls off the
offensive glass in the postseason compared to 29 for LeBron.
James is the superior facilitator, handing out 5.6 dimes a game to 4.2 for D-
Wade. Meanwhile, “The King” has 32 steals and 23 blocks while Wade has 29 and
24. Turnovers are also almost dead even at 52 for LeBron and 53 for Wade.
The productivity is stunning in its efficacy as well as its synergy and
“No question he has that kind of capability of a Magic Johnson, Oscar
Robertson and those types of players because of how versatile his is,” Wade
said when talking about James on Wednesday. “LeBron doesn’t have to score to
be effective. It gives us a luxury at the end of games. The ball is in his
hands because he’s a great decision maker. He’s 6-foot-8, he could see
over the defense, not only get his own shot but make plays for others.”
James dropped similar accolades on his teammate.
“He’s the same great player I faced my first seven years in the league,”
LeBron said. “A guy that can break you down off the dribble, create at the
rim, can make shots from the outside. At the same time a two-way player who
also plays defense at the same high intensity.”
While most of us argue which one is playing the role of Batman and which one
is portraying Robin? Maybe, the real question is, which one is Superman and
which is Spider-Man?
This isn’t Michael and Scottie, it’s Larry and Magic playing on the same team.