Big Dog playing 'D' among playoff surprises
Some reserves are standouts, some stars have disappeared. John Hollinger tracks the best postseason shockers.
I'm not just talking about Jerome James, either. Besides, he's back to earth now that he's playing an opponent with a two-legged center. The Seattle SuperSonics' pivot's numbers against the San Antonio Spurs in the second round (6.0 points, 4.5 rebounds per game) are more a reflection of his true ability.
However, here are 10 other surprises this postseason that have garnered less attention than James:
Dwyane Wade continues to find new ways to expand his game. Instead of slashing all the way to the basket, the Miami Heat super sophomore has been locating teammates at the rim with increasing frequency. On Tuesday, his 15-assist effort against the Washington Wizards included several high handoffs to Udonis Haslem and Shaquille O'Neal, and it was no fluke. Wade is second in playoff assists per 40 minutes at 9.2, a big increase on his regular-season rate of 7.0.
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