Coming off of a 5-point, 2-for-13 shooting night in the Miami Heat’s Game 3 loss to the Indiana Pacers, it seems guard Dwyane Wade might have needed something to get him back on track, and he may have found it.
On Friday, Wade visited Bloomington, Ind., to check in with his former coach, Indiana’s Tom Crean.
Crean coached Wade at Marquette, a team that reached the Final Four in 2002-03. Wade averaged 21.5 points per game that season and was drafted in that year’s draft, fifth overall to the Heat.
The two have reportedly remained close since Wade’s decision to go pro, while Crean continued at Marquette and eventually moved to Indiana.
Wade has been photographed working out in Indiana shorts and the two continue to speak on a regular basis.
Wade has not shot well from the field in the series against Indiana, despite scoring 29 points in Game 1 and 24 points in Game 2, before his rough outing in Game 3.
The Heat take on the Pacers in Game 4 on Sunday. The Pacers lead the series 2-1. The winner is set to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals to take on the winner of the Boston Celtics-Philadelphia 76ers series.
(h/t Vigilant Sports)
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Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.
The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:
Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.
UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.
Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.
All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.
The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.