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Bulls ‘Not Taking Advantage’ Of An Ineffective Wade

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Keith Bogans and Dwyane Wade (Photo Credit: Getty Images, By: David Dow)

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CHICAGO (WSCR) So far this series, the Miami Heat’s Big 3 has really been the Big 2. LeBron James and Chris Bosh have had big games all series, but Chicago-native Dwyane Wade has struggled.

“The Miami writers that are on him everyday are starting to question whether he’s injured or not, obviously no one’s said anything about about it, so they say he’s healthy,” K.C. Johnson, of the Chicago Tribune, said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “But I mean he not only looks like he’s not getting much lift, but he just looks like he’s out of control and taking bad shots and making poor decisions.”

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Wade is averaging 18.25 points per game in this series, but only scored 14 in 41 minutes on the floor in the Miami 101-93 overtime win.

“I mean he was really bad in Game 3 too,” Johnson said. “I mean, so that’s the even more disappointing thing from a Bulls perspective. You got a D-Wade that’s not playing at a very high level right now and your not taking advantage of it.”

The Bulls return to Chicago trailing 3-1 in the series and facing elimination, but their average margin of defeat is only 9.7 points, and that’s largely due to late-game collapses.

“Again, you’re in all these games, you’re just not closing them,” Johnson said. “[Luol] Deng had a nice quote postgame [Tuesday] night about ‘we’ve never been here before and we still got a lot to learn.’ And, you know, there is something to be said for that, I mean, [Carlos] Boozer has been to a conference finals, Kurt Thomas as been to an NBA Finals, [Brian] Scalabrine is, you know, not active but he’s been to four NBA Finals, but the main guys are, I don’t know, they’re kind of shrinking from the moment right now.”