OAKLAND, Calif. – Dwyane Wade figures that the heralded yet struggling Los Angeles Lakers are going to have a breakthrough game soon.
He's just hoping it's not Thursday night against the Miami Heat.
"As a fan of the game ... there have been a couple games that I said, 'If they get this win it can turn their season around.' They weren't able to capitalize on the ones that I thought," Wade said after a 92-75 win over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. "But obviously, if they get a win against us it's a great win. If we get a loss versus them we understand that's a tough team. We know it.”
Dwyane Wade was benched late against Utah on Monday but was flying again vs. Golden State. (AP Photo)
Thursday’s showdown in Los Angeles doesn't have the major anticipation that was expected entering the season after the Lakers acquired two of the NBA's biggest stars in Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. After starting the season with championship aspirations, the Lakers (17-21) are just hoping to get back in playoff position. Los Angeles, which has struggled with injuries this season but has won two straight, is expected to get forward-center Pau Gasol (concussion) back against Miami.
"Our job is to go out there and try to play our best and not worry about what struggles they've been through and who's in the lineup,” Wade said. “You got to continue to try to get better as the Miami Heat because we have a lot of work to do as well."