The Miami Heat's time in this year's playoffs ended last night after another defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers saw them eliminated from the postseason, losing 4-1 in their first-round series. It might have been Dwyane Wade's last game in the NBA too.
The Heat lost 104-91 to the Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, as they were unable to contain the likes of JJ Redick, Joel Embiid, and Ben Simmons on the court, who finished with 27 points, 19 points, and 14 points respectively.
Wade finished the game with 11 points, five rebounds, and five assists while shooting 4-of-15 from the field, and after about an hour following the conclusion of Game 5, the 36-year-old said he has thought about retiring but also revealed he won't make a final decision until later.
The three-time NBA Champion said, according to ESPN: "That's not my focus. Fresh off this NBA season, my 15th year, I sit back and think about that. Then I dive and throw myself into my family. They're next on my bucket list, making sure I'm there for them. And when it comes to the basketball side of it, which is a long time away from now, then I'll think about that.
Wade added: "I love Philly, but ain't gonna be no breaking news here in Philly. I'm sorry. I appreciate [the concern], but let me worry about that later."
Wade's wife, Gabrielle Union, backed her husband on social media, as she said: "I hope this isnt the end, but my God... @DwyaneWade has a career most people dream of. He is a damn legend. An icon. And hes cute 🤗 #HeatNation"
After 15 years in the league and three NBA titles, you wouldn't blame Wade for wanting to retire now that the Heat's season is over, but he's right in leaving the special moment to make the announcement until he is back in Miami later this offseason, his NBA home.
Wade ends his year with the Heat after averaging 12 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 21 games during the regular season, and 16.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in five games during the playoffs.
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