While there hasn’t been much going right for the Cleveland Cavaliers so far, Dwyane Wade doesn’t seem ready to throw in the towel.
In fact, he said, he has seen this before.
The Cavaliers are off to a 3-5 start and have lost four in a row – three of those by 17 points or more.
Wade, a first-year member of the Cavaliers who was a teammate of LeBron James in Miami for four seasons, said this bad start has a familiar ring to it.
“That last year in Miami when we went to the Finals, I don’t know how we made it. As a team, we were kind of like this,” Wade told reporters Thursday. “It was worse, because it wasn’t new guys; it was guys who had been around each other four years in a row. Your jokes weren’t funny anymore to other guys, when you walked in it wasn’t a big smile any more. Guys were just over you. It’s like being in a bad marriage.”
Wade is a good example of how this Cleveland team differs from that 2013-14 Heat team. The Cavs have several new faces on a team that has made three straight Finals. That Heat team had played a lot of games together over that time.
The similarity between this Cavs team and that Heat team was the poor play in an eight-game stretch. That Heat team finished the season on a 2-6 run. They struggled to get past the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals, then lost to the San Antonio Spurs in six games.
“Indiana should have beat us that year,” Wade said.
This Cleveland team is 24th in three-point shooting percentage, 25th in defensive rebounding and 21st in turnovers. Those numbers need to go up — especially three-point shooting, a stat the Cavs have been at the top of the league in the past three seasons.
“A lot of guys have been through the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows,” he said. “It’s frustrating when you’re going through it. No one is more frustrated than you on the inside. … We have to continue to understand that we’re going to get out of this together and this is going to be a distant memory at one point, but right now we’re in it.
“We have to figure it out, and I think we will. Communication, coming in every day with a fresh mind, with an open mind to listen to the coaches, listen to each other. It’s steps in the right direction.”