Five Takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 118-112 Loss to the Golden State Warriors

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2. Dwyane Wade Is Still the Heat’s Go-to-Guy

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As much chatter as there seems to be about Dwyane Wade being an “old” guy, the fact still remains that Wade is a top 20 player in the NBA.

The 34-year-old shooting guard is still the best player on the Heat, and he showed that he’s still the go-to-guy by scoring 32 points against the NBA’s best team.

Yes, Chris Bosh is sidelined, which has forced Wade to take on an even greater scoring load. But there are other options on the Heat that are more than capable of scoring points in bunches, such as Luol Deng and Goran Dragic.

While both Deng and Dragic played dominant during Wade’s recent two-game absence, the pecking order has been re-established and it’s clear that No. 3 remains the alpha male.

Most of the big shots that were taken late in the loss to the Warriors were attempted or assisted by Wade.

Don’t expect that to change as the Heat make a playoff push over the next several weeks.

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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.