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NBA Playoffs 2012, Celtics Vs. Heat: Dwyane Wade Finds Ways To Contribute

While LeBron James will be the focus of all the post-game talk after the Miami Heat's game six victory over the Boston Celtics --and rightfully so -- Dwyane Wade, despite scoring only 17 points on 17 shots, found ways to make a difference, too. Although inefficient from the field, Wade also had eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.

At the Miami Herald, Jason Mastrodonato writes that the Wade of the Eastern Conference Finals isn't the Wade everyone knows -- for whatever reason. At the same time, Mastrodonato writes, the 2006 Finals MVP is still making a contribution:

This might not be the Wade that most expected to show up when facing elimination in the Eastern Conference finals. He is averaging just 21.2 points per game this series, far from his numbers when the Heat won it all in 2006. But he's still finding ways to add value.

Perhaps it's time to alter expectations.

Dwyane Wade isn't the MVP. But he's still Wade.

Stick with this StoryStream for news and updates throughout the Eastern Conference Finals. For more analysis and discussion on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier. Visit CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston for the opponent's perspective during the series. For all your Conference Finals analysis, visit SB Nation's NBA hub.

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