Dwyane Wade is willing to put aside his superstar status for the betterment of his team. According to Kevin O'Connor, D-Wade has only come off the bench 11 times since 2003, but it seems like all parties involved support the move.
Wade has struggled to find any consistency offensively through the first three games, averaging just 5.7 points on a meager 28.0 percent shooting with 3.3 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 23.7 minutes per contest. Lue said Wade thought it was best for the team to come off the bench.
The plan for the team was to start LeBron, Wade, Rose, Crowder, and Love, while bringing guys like J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson off the bench. He has only scored in double figures once through the first three games, which came in the season opener against the Boston Celtics where he recorded 10 points. J.R.is now averaging 6.3 points and 2.7 rebounds on 33.3% shooting.
Wade was announced the starter in early October about a week before the regular season started.
"Honestly, I was hurt, man", Smith said (h/t Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com). I got wind of it that it was going to go down, but I didn't know.
Wade has been a starter his entire career, but has reportedly asked for this change himself after Lue previously warned him this would be the best fit coming into the start of the season. I'm like, 'Awesome, let's do it. "For sure. Let's do it'".
The Cavs' next game is on Tuesday, against the Chicago Bulls in Quicken Loans Arena.
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