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Heat need a flashback from the old Dwyane Wade

OKLAHOMA CITY - While the numbers are respectable, they reflect slippage. Dwyane Wade spoiled the NBA audience with greatness during his first seven postseasons, an unstoppable one-on-one player with acrobatic moves and underrated athleticism.

That “Flash’’ has been replaced by a player who relies on stepback jumpers that clang off the rim, his knees unable to produce explosion to the basket. He arduously attempts to score early to build momentum, but it usually results in missed shots and mounting frustration.

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