Dwyane Wade knows that he is coming close to the end of his playing career, and with that in mind, he's entering a role on the court he's not that used to, which is making the transition from being a top-2 option to just another roster member difficult.
Wade was given the starting shooting guard job before his first season with the Cleveland Cavaliers began, but he has struggled through three contests. So far, he has averaged 5.7 points on 28 percent shooting.
If he is going to lockdown this starting shooting guard role for the rest of the season, he needs to be more productive, otherwise, it will put Cleveland's hopes of finishing at the top of the Eastern Conference at risk.
Speaking to ESPN's Dave McMenamin after the Cavs lost to the Orlando Magic on Saturday, the former Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat star said he's finding it difficult because it's different to how he has played in the past.
"I'm trying to find it, man. It's very different, different than I've ever played ... this has b
een a long, a long week.
Wade also admitted that no longer being a top-2 option will take some getting used to at the Cavaliers.
"I've always been a 1 or 2 option," he said. "It's just a different game. You got to kind of figure out your way."
The Cavaliers lost 114-93 to the Magic despite the fact their opponents were missing starters Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon, meaning they dropped to a 2-1 record.
LeBron James believes it's very important to get Wade going as part of this year's Cavaliers, saying: "We got to get him going at some point. That's something we're going to look at and we're all trying to figure it out as well but we got to get him going and hopefully we can do that on Tuesday."
So how is Wade going to turn this form around? He just needs to find his rhythm.
He said: "It's just trying to find that rhythm, trying to find where it will come from, when it will come from. It comes with time," Wade said. "I haven't forced it. [Saturday] I had some opportunities where I had the ball, I passed it, got a few assists. The shots that I shot was shots that I [normally shoot], I just missed them. I didn't feel like I forced them. I feel like they were good shots, just two out of eight of them went in.
"Like I said, everyone, we're all just still trying to figure it out. Sometimes you press a little bit, you want every shot to be perfect. And that's just not the game of basketball. There will be times when you hit 8 out of 10. And you don't go 2-for-8."
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