Throughout the 2016 NBA Playoffs, we were fortunate enough to witness a number of superhuman performances. Whether we’re talking about the Cleveland Cavaliers steamrolling through the Eastern Conference or Chef Curry turning an overtime period into his own personal history book, this last postseason was as captivating as any in recent memory.
Yet, while a majority of these occurrences are things we expected to happen, one of them is not: the resurgence of the man they call “Flash.” Just when you’ve finally accepted the fact that Dwyane Wade is no longer — and will never again be — the player he once was, the Miami Heat superstar comes into the Eastern Conference semifinals, turns back the hands of time, and unleashes fury against the No. 2-seeded Toronto Raptors.
Through the first five games of the series, D-Wade averaged 19 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.6 assists in just over 35.7 minutes a night. Those are some crazy numbers. The way we see it, 34 years old never looked so smooth.
The truth is, we don’t know how long this can last. And we’re not just talking about Wade. What we do know, however, is that with No. 3 playing like the Wade of old, this is the perfect opportunity to show our respect to one of the greatest shooting guards the NBA has ever seen.
For us, there’s no better way to do that than by taking a look at one of the most spectacular plays of his career — the moment when he dunked on Kendrick Perkins. So sit back, relax, and enjoy another edition of “Throwback Throwdowns.”
On March 16, 2011, the Heat hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder in a regular-season clash of two of the best teams in the league. At the time, Miami was riding a three-game winning streak and hoping to make it four in a row.
Of course, it should be noted that the visiting team was also on a bit of a hot streak, having won four consecutive contests and looking to make it five in a row.
By all accounts, this had the makings of an exciting affair. With less than four and a half minutes to go in the second quarter, the Thunder held a double-digit lead, up 41-30. While there was still plenty of time left in the game, the Heat were in need of a spark (sorry, but it’s true).
With the ball in the home team’s possession, Miami was about to turn up the heat (sorry, again) — and Wade would be the one to carry the torch. After receiving the ball on the left wing, D-Wade drove left to the basket, only to be met by OKC’s Serge Ibaka. That’s when the fun really began.
Flash took a dribble, spun back toward the paint, evaded Ibaka, and in one fluid motion, rose up and prepared to bring the noise. Kendrick Perkins went up to thwart the shot, but it was too late. Wade was fully committed and, with a crazy extension, dunked the ball right in Perkins’ face. And one. The crowd goes wild.
While the Heat ended up losing the game by a final score of 96-85, Wade’s monster slam was the highlight of the night. Well, that and the “cabbage patch” celebration that came with it.
Statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.