Nov. 11, 2017
Wade says Heat Big 3's final season was like being in a 'Bad Marriage'
The James-Wade reunion hasn't gotten off to a great start so far. They're currently on a four game losing skid with a 3-5 record, 13th in the East. Only the Chicago Bulls (1-5) and Atlanta Hawks (1-7) have worse records than the Cavs in the Eastern Conference standings.
When asked about the Cavs' chances of making it back to the Finals, Dwyane Wade said it won't be easy. Comparing the current Cavs to the 2014 Heat, the former Heat star said his last finals appearance with the Miami Heat was shocking to him. To him, that season was like a being in a 'bad marriage.'
"That last year in Miami when we went to the Finals, I don't know how we made it," the Cavs guard told local reporters, via Cleveland.com.
"As a team, we were kind of like this. It was worse because we weren't new guys, we were guys who'd been around each other for four years in a row. Your jokes weren't funny no more. When you walked in, it wasn't a big smile no more. Guys were just over you. It's like being in a bad marriage.
"But we somehow made it to the Finals, and Indiana should've beat us then. We had a mental edge over those guys so we were able to win, but we shouldn't have been there. It's tough, that's why it hasn't been done a lot."
That Heat team defeated the Indiana Pacers in six games before losing the NBA Finals in five games to the San Antonio Spurs. A month later, Lebron James left the Heat to return to Cleveland and play for the Cavs. Since then, James' Cavs have made three straight finals appearances, including winning the 2016 championship over the Golden State Warriors.
This season, four of Cleveland's five losses have come against teams that missed the playoffs last season, by an average margin of 16.75 points per game. Currently, they have the second-worst defensive rating in the league (111.3). With eight new players, which includes the sidelined Isaiah Thomas, the Cavs are trying to find a way to fit the new pieces together.
"For the guys that's here, you have to pull from something else to motivate you, to get you to feel that hunger again like you had that first year," Wade said. "That's sports, it's tough."