The Bucks may not face Dwyane Wade again this season. Miami has a 3-0 lead over Milwaukee, and they may rest Wade (bruised right knee) for a Game 4 that they will be favored to win with or without him.
Wade is shooting 5% (1/20) for the series on shots that aren’t within 3 feet of the hoop.
Part of Miami’s success is due to the fact that the players that Milwaukee needs to guard LeBron — Marquis Daniels, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Ekpe Udoh — merit little attention on the other end of the floor. The Heat are free to play overaggressively, because they know that Milwaukee can’t penalize them for the tactic.
IF the Bucks see Wade again in this series, they may need to change their approach to something of the same. Wade can still kill the Bucks in so many other ways — passing, rebounding, slashing to the rim — but it may be time to back off and give him space to shoot.
While the lack of success likely owes a big part to Wade’s injury, the Bucks may as well set up their defense accordingly. The Heat certainly are.