Plenty of goofy things happen during an NBA season, but it's possible that there was no comment more ridiculous than Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Monta Ellis's proclamation that the only differences between him and Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade were "more wins and two championship rings." Apart from the fact that those differences are pretty substantial, Monta's comments avoided the fact that Wade has been one of the best players in the league for the better part of a decade, not a questionably dependable scorer who struggles to contribute in other areas of the game. It was an ineffective argument, to put it lightly.
On Tuesday night, in Game 2 of the opening-round series between the Bucks and Heat, Wade made a highlight-reel play that only stresses his superiority.
Approximately midway through the third quarter, Wade swooped in for the rebound on a Mario Chalmers miss and finished an emphatic follow dunk right over Ellis. While Monta's ineffective boxout (or lack thereof) gave Wade an opening, it's not as if this was an irredeemable mistake by the Bucks guard. As we've come to learn, Wade is just this good.
Wade was also the game's top performer overall, totaling 21 points (8-of-14 shooting), seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals in Miami's 98-86 win. The Bucks managed to keep the game close for three quarters, but the Heat pulled away in the final period, scoring the first 12 points of the fourth to put the game out of reach and grab a 2-0 lead in the series. They were particularly successful in limiting Milwaukee's top scorers — Ellis and backcourt partner Brandon Jennings combined for just 15 points on 5-of-22 shooting from the field. The Bucks can focus on the positives and hope to grab a home win in Game 3, but this series looks just as one-sided as most predicted when the first-round matchups were set.
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