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Dwyane Wade joined ESPN New York/Los Angeles on the The Stephen A. Smith Show to discuss how the Miami Heat finally got comfortable and start gelling with the "Big Three," how difficult has this season been for him personally, who's taking the last shot in the waning moments for the Heat in the playoffs, does he consider himself an MVP candidate, and who worries him the most going into the NBA playoffs.
How did you guys get comfortable [as a team]?:
"I think one thing that really helped us was Chris Bosh's aggressiveness. He came out and said I want the ball; he changed up his game in a way where he didn't just settle for outside shots. He decided to get in the paint more. He changed it up by rolling more to the basket [and] that allowed myself and LeBron [James] to make more plays again... He's [LeBron James] more of a forward type with me at the one, so we just switched some things up, changed some things, put guys in a position where they can be successful and it's worked out for us."
How difficult has this season been for you personally?:
"Well it was a transition up here, no doubt about it. Anybody thinks that it is easy to bring two other very good players — superstars — into the team, and make it work, that your game automatically changes. You know they're fooling themselves. This is one of the hardest things, basketball-wise, that I had to overcome.
Who's taking the last shot in the waning moment if the Heat go deep into the playoffs?:
"That's been the question all year, man. You know what, the only thing we can do in the moment is wait and see. I think now it's going to be different times where we going to have matchups and I'm going to take some of them. There's going to be times where LeBron is going to take some of them. I think the biggest thing, Stephen A., when it comes to that time [is that] we have to have better execution and not just run an isolation all the time. Let's get it to sets. Let's use what we have to put guys in situations where they have to make decisions and then take the shots. Instead of just getting it at the top of the key, isolating, and just [saying] ‘I hope it goes in.' "
Is Dwyane Wade a legitimate MVP candidate in your mind?:
"I think a lot of people [are] always going to overlook and underlook what I do as a basketball player. I think every year I have the numbers. I have the game to prove it. It's just, you know what, I'm not the guy who they look at and say 'he should be MVP' for whatever reason — and you know what, personally it doesn't drive me to be MVP of this league. It drives me to, when I get done playing this game, for people to say ‘You know what, we missed that guy because of what he did in this league.' …I try to do things [at] 6'4", that guys haven't done before me and they're going to have a hard time doing after me. I'm going to continue to try to do that and I go a lot of years to add to that, so one day I'll be appreciated in this league."
Who worries you the most? I would imagine it being the Boston Celtics?:
"Yeah the Boston Celtics. No question about it. That's the team we have to get over the hump on. It's the team, you know, that's had our number. It has beaten [us] whether it's a close game or if it's a blowout or whatever. We have to get over the hump. I got knocked out of the playoffs, you know, last year in Miami versus them. LeBron got knocked out the last two years [with the Cleveland Cavaliers]. You know, so it's building up to a great finish... It's going to come down to the end of games. We have to execute. We have to do the little things to win the game and eventually, you know, we'll get over the hump."
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