Dwyane Wade was beyond sensational today in keeping Miami’s season alive with a 46-point performance. Here is a collection of quotes about Wade’s electric day, just in case you want to continue bashing your head against a wall.
AP (Via Fox Sports) – D-Wade saves Heat from elimination
“Sometimes, you know, he puts on the cape, man,” Heat forward Quentin Richardson said. “There’s not a lot of things you can do when he’s playing that way.”
“We don’t take Dwyane for granted, that greatness. He has another gear and another depth to reach into to carry a team on his back. And you see it, and you start to believe. When his back is against the wall, it is an utter defiance,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. [...]
“Step-in 3s are a shot we’d usually give him because he’s known for his drives and his mid-range,” Paul Pierce said. “On a normal day those are shots you want him to take, but it wasn’t a normal day.” [...]
“What we revealed was a real defiance and stubbornness. They had been knocking us down, and today was only about getting up. And Dwyane has the most flagrant defiance and stubbornness,” Spoelstra said. “People were saying we would quit, but Dwyane led the way by revealing his character and what he is made of.
“They say adversity builds character. We say adversity defines character. Now, it’s a one-game thing, and we’ve got to fight and scrap and continue to reveal our character.”
“We have to defend him better, obviously,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. “He was fantastic. He made shots and he had to make them, but he made them. We have to defend him better. He has hurt us this entire series and we just have to do a better job.”[...]
“Dwyane was sensational,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “Dwyane as our leader and as our captain just led the way.”[...]
Said Wade: “I’m a rhythm player and once I get in a rhythm, I think I can make any shot.”
ESPNBoston – Postgame notes: No answer for Wade
“We started doubling him late, just trying to get the ball out of his hands,” said Celtics captain Paul Pierce. “He was coming down, stepping to that 3-point shot — a shot that we would normally give him on a night-in, night-out basis — and once he started hitting it, it was difficult to really guard him because he is known for his driving and getting to the hoop. When he’s hitting 3-pointers like that, he’s tough to guard.
“The way he played tonight just basically willed his team to a victory. He just put it all on his shoulders. He did a good job of it.”
Said Tony Allen who was among the handful of defenders used by Boston, who were ultimately used by Wade: “He got hot. He’s Dwyane Wade. We have to make the adjustment and try to come out and get Game 5.”
Boston Herald – Celtics can’t stop Dwyane Wade, can’t close out series
“We have to defend him better, obviously,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. “We talked about it at halftime – getting into his body. He was making 3’s, and if you do not get into a guy’s body, you give him that chance to make 3’s. Give him credit. Wade was phenomenal.” [...]
“I would agree with Doc,” Tony Allen, one of the Celtics’ designated Wade trackers, said of the need to play the Miami guard tighter than a cheap prom tux. “We have to be more physical with that guy. We have to take away his air space and make things harder for him. We have to just be better.”
“He did what he was supposed to do,” said Rondo, who led the Celtics with 23 points and nine assists. “He took the game over. That is why he is who he is. That is why he is the man for the Heat.”
Unfortunately for the Heat, basketball isn’t a one-man game, and they remain one game away from the offseason. Suckas.