Over the past year or so, we've grown accustomed to seeing some sort of chicanery whenever the Miami Heat notch a big win, as Heat players — well, mostly big man Chris Bosh, but others as well — take it upon themselves to interrupt a teammate's post-game interview by sneaking into the camera shot for a little bit of videobombing. Heat star Dwyane Wade, though, hasn't often been the one surreptitiously inserting himself in the frame, tending to prefer to let someone else handle the duties if he wasn't the one being interviewed ... until after Monday's 107-92 win over the Phoenix Suns, when Wade decided to spice up LeBron James' post-35-points-on-14-shots chat with Sun Sports reporter Jason Jackson with an acrobatic flair.
Well, I guess Wade's knees are feeling pretty OK these days, huh?
And if you needed any supporting documentation on the pop and explosion Wade seems to have after sitting out two games last week for rest, feel free to research his footnotes:
From baseline blow-bys to perfectly timed and arced alley-oops and vintage Euro-steps around shot-blockers, Wade had it all going on Monday, finishing with 21 points on 9 for 13 shooting, 12 assists against three turnovers and six rebounds in 33 minutes to help pace Miami to its seventh straight win.
Well, not all him — Wade's said they were a nod to Zion, his youngest son, "who does his gymnast act all over the family's home these days." (D'awwwwwww.)
Wade has averaged 24 points, eight assists and five rebounds on 62.1 percent shooting since taking his two-game siesta, lending some credence to coach Erik Spoelstra's idea that building in some maintenance days for Wade might help keep him fresh enough to shock opponents throughout the season. And speaking of shock, LeBron still seemed stunned by Wade's tumbling after he'd finished up his interview:
— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 26, 2013
When it comes to taking a "whole new jump," I'd guess LeBron would know. After going 11 for 14 from the floor, 2 for 4 from 3-point range and 11 for 11 from the free-throw line, James is now averaging career-high accuracy from everywhere — a staggering 60.9 percent from the field (and on 15.4 shots per game, too), 48.8 percent from long range and 80.4 percent from the charity stripe. If you're not hearing any clucking from those who scoffed when he followed up two straight regular-season and NBA Finals MVP awards by saying he got better this summer, it's probably because after just 14 games, they've been left slack-jawed.
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