After Wade learned Oliver had been buried in his jersey, Wade dedicated the rest of the season to him.
With the Heat facing off against the 76ers in Miami a day later, Wade arrived at American Airlines Arena and wrote Oliver’s name on his shoes.
Wade referenced the University of Miami’s miraculous win at Chapel Hill with Ja’Quan Newton sinking a three pointer at the buzzer to give Miami a 91-88 win.
Wade came off the bench Tuesday to score 15 of Miami’s last 17 points. But, it’s important to know that 15 of his points came in the fourth quarter and two of them came in the final seconds when he hit a attractive step-back jumper to put the Heat up by one.
Wade, already having scored 25 points, looked confident as he weaved through the Sixers defense searching for an opening, any opening.
Wade expanded on his message in a second Twitter post, adding he would do his part in keeping Oliver’s memory alive this season. I relished the Heat’s four-year National Basketball Association finals streak and the back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013, and sympathized when the team mustered just 15 wins a few seasons prior. But, I continued to watch televised Heat games until Wade departed. Upon hearing the news, Wade shared his thoughts on why that decision made such an impact on him.
Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade delivered yet another captivating moment the team’s fans will soon not forget last night, hitting a game-winning jump shot to take down the Philadelphia 76ers.
Wade said the victory over Philadelphia was more than just a win. Ingraham said the players should “shut up and dribble”, and James replied by vowing to continue talking about “what’s really important”.
On Monday, Wade shared an image on Twitter of Joaquin Oliver, who was among the 17 killed in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting on February 14. “I have told everybody around me that I am taking it after this season and go from there. When you put the work in, even when you get exhausted in games you just keep pushing through because you know you put the work in”.
Wade initially drew the defense of forward Robert Covington, before he deployed a nifty behind-the-back move to send him out of position.
“For the restoration of my childhood dreams and rejuvenation of my appreciation of basketball, I needed Dwyane Wade back on the Heat, too”. This might only be me, but this does seem a bit quick.