- Tom Haberstroh
Something's up with Dwyane Wade.
At 30 years old, Wade is in the midst of one of the worst postseasons of his career. His PER is down from 26.3 last postseason to 22.1 this postseason, his lowest rate since his rookie season (minimum five games). He's not quite old enough at this point for us to attribute his precipitous drop-off to a natural decline.
His sore left knee might be the culprit. Before Game 2 of the Indiana series, Wade had his knee drained because of fluid buildup due to inflammation. Although Wade won't publicly admit the severity of his knee issues, he is regularly exhibiting a slight limp on the floor.
There's something peculiar going on with his in-game splits that might have gone unnoticed by the casual fan.
Tom Haberstroh writes that Dwyane Wade's muted production this postseason can be attributed to a single factor: While he is performing at a superstar level in the second halves of games, he has played at a league-average level in first halves.