Signs of discontent creeping in as Miami face series decider on Monday.
Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade believes he understands his team’s troubles in the Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers, and they revolve around him and Chris Bosh.
The Pacers tied the series 3-3 sending it to a decider on Monday night in Miami, but following their 91-77 loss, Wade revealed that the rest of the Heat roster aside from LeBron James need to step up.
“We’ve got to do a good job of making sure me and Chris have our opportunities to succeed throughout the game,” Wade said according to ESPN.
“That’s something we’re going to have to look at as a team.”
While the two parts of the Miami “Big Three” struggle, it has put more pressure on James to deliver. Although the league MVP is more than capable of carrying the Heat, as he has demonstrated on countless occasions previously, Wade has stressed the importance of playing better as a team.
“We’ve got guys individually who want to play better. But we’ve got to try to help each other out in this locker room and not leave it up to the individual to self-will it.”
Miami will undoubtedly be buoyed by their return to the AA Arena for the decider, but it has been a real struggle throughout this series for both Wade and Bosh.
If they are to advance and book their place in the NBA Finals to take on the San Antonio Spurs, they will need an all-round effort in order to avoid placing too much reliance on James as the likes of Paul George, Roy Hibbert and David West continue to dominant in the front-court, while Indiana will hope to get more contributions from the back-court which will be key to out-scoring their rivals.