Dwyane Wade Demotes Himself To Bench; JR Smith To Start For Cavs

Dwyane Wade Demotes Himself To Bench; JR Smith To Start For Cavs

Jason Lloyd of The Athletic reported that Dwyane Wade will miss tonight's game against the Brooklyn Nets due to a knee contusion. It worked, as Wade scored double-digit points for the first time this season but now bad news has come for the Cavaliers' superstar. "Why wait? Three games in, why wait to get in there with those guys".

Said Lue: "We talked about it before he got here; it'd be a better fit with him coming off the bench".

Wade was averaging 5.7 points and 3.3 assists in 23.7 minutes a night and was shooting just 28 percent from the field. I didn't come here to shoot 20 shots or average 20 points a game.

As most hoops fans know, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and his teammates - both past and present - have created countless handshakes over the years. When James got hurt on the second day of training camp, he elevated Wade to the starting lineup alongside Smith because, again, he valued Wade feeling welcome and wanted from the very start considering that he picked the Cavs over other appealing situations in Oklahoma City and San Antonio.

Coach Tyronn Lue praised Wade's selflessness as "big time".

"That's what professionals do", Lue said.

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Wade looked spry and lively in the preseason, so the Cavs remain confident he can be a productive contributor to a team with championship aspirations.

Still to be determined is whether the change in role will be enough to jump-start Wade, or whether he's lost another step and is showing more signs the end of his remarkable career is approaching.

"I came here for one reason", Wade said.

"We're three games into the season", he added. We're trying to figure out how can we help these guys get acclimated as quickly as possible.

"He's in a good place", James said of his close friend.