The Miami Heat have a 2-1 series lead in a best of seven series against the Charlotte Hornets. With losing game 3 in Charlotte 96-80, the Heat felt they just had a bad shooting game. Still very confident in their abilities being able to handle the Hornets in Games 1 and 2, they accepted the loss and are ready to bounce back for Game 4.
For the Heat to be able to beat the Hornets on the road they are going to need the Dwyane Wade from the first two games to do so. In Game 1, Wade attacked the Hornets defense with shrewd driving moves, the pull up mid-range jumper, and crafty low post moves to score 16 points in 26 minutes and beat them 123-91. In Game 2, Wade took it upon his shoulders to have the Heat take care of their home court by dropping 28 points on the Hornets to win 115-103.
In Game 3, yes Wade scored 17 points but he didn't have the same attack mentality approach he had in the first two games. The Heat did have it going in the first quarter. Luol Deng hit four three pointers in the game's first 12 minutes. Maybe Wade felt that Deng had the hot hand again like he did in Game 1 when he dropped 31 points and took a step back. This proved costly because for rest of the game everyone was cold, resulting in the Heat only scoring 80 points which was huge because the team had averaged 119 points per game in the first two games of the series.
What Wade has to remember is that it is him that opens up his teammates for them to be as good as they can be. Him being in attack mode opened up Deng to be able to go 1 on1 against Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky. Deng had his best game in a Heat uniform in Game 1 and it's all because of Wade's aggressiveness. In Game 2 even though Wade scored a team-high 28 points he helped Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic Josh Richardson and Deng combine for 66 points. The Hornets came into this series knowing that if they have a chance to win the series they must contain Wade as he is the only Heat player that can both score and take over the game with his passing. The Hornets know the playoff resume of Wade and how he has carried teams in playoff series before. That's why containing him is priority number one for the Hornets.
Also, the Heat have now played their first road game in Game 3 at Charlotte. Superstars must carry their teams in road games in the playoffs because the hostile crowd environment and the fact that role players don't usually play well. Look at Jeremy Lin, he didn't play well in Games 1 and 2 on the road then had a monster game in Game 3 back at home. Wade does have other veteran help to help him in road games in the playoffs but rookies Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson never played a road playoff game. They need Wade to be at his best to take the pressure off them. Being the face of the franchise and especially since Chris Bosh is out, the Heat have to rely on Wade even more. Wade must be in attack mode in Game 4 because it not only gives him scoring opportunities but opens up his teammates to score as well. Wade being aggressive makes it easier for everyone else to play their game.
Wade knows that being up 3-1 in a playoff series is huge. Only nine teams have come back from 3-1 deficit to win a playoff series. Wade is a three time champion and he knows when he has the opportunity to win a series and he will seize it. Look for Wade to be in attack mode in Game 4 and put the Hornets back into their hive.