Dwyane Wade stepping up for Heat teammates by sometimes stepping aside

Sun Sentinel

Rodney McGruder found himself as a fan while seated on the Miami Heat bench.

With Dwyane Wade, in a rhythm, having converted a key late basket in Saturday's victory over the Milwaukee Bucks and with the Heat needing another, McGruder rose and began echoing chants from the crowd.

"Give it to Dwyane! Give it to Dwyane!" he later said he shouted.

It was a moment he laughed about in the locker room afterward, almost sheepishly. The Heat instead wound up with a missed 21-foot jumper on the possession from Josh Richardson.

But 24 seconds later, the offense would again turn in Wade's direction, with the guard converting a 14-foot jumper that put the game away, extending what now has grown into a five-game winning streak.

For the Heat, it has been part of a season-long dance with Wade during his "One Last Dance" retirement tour. The inclination almost always is to turn toward the future Hall of Famer. But this also is a team that has to grow toward a future that no longer will include the 36-year-old all-time franchise scoring leader.

#basketball, #professional

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