Heat's LeBron, Wade in awe of 138-point game
MIAMI, Nov 22, 2012 (Sun Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The conversation took place early Wednesday, a few minutes after the Miami Heat had completed their morning shootaround.
Dwyane Wade had left little doubt if he would play later that night against the Milwaukee Bucks. He completed the entire workout and seemed confident he would return after missing the two previous games because of a sore left foot.
Still, LeBron James felt the need to ask.
"Are you going to play "
When Wade answered yes, James was sort of disappointed. James looked at it as missing his chance to turn in a performance like the player he nicknamed "Sir Jack." Count the Heat superstars among those impressed by Grinnell (Iowa) College guard Jack Taylor's 138-point performance Tuesday against Faith Baptist Bible.
Taylor set an NCAA record for most points in a game.
"He was like, 'I just want to know if I have to score 139 tonight,' " Wade said of his conversation with James. "I told him I was going to give it a go so he could chill a little bit."
Taylor was 52 of 108 from the field, making 27 of 71 3-pointers. He outscored the opposition in the 179-104 rout. Grinnell, a Division III school, has long been known for its up-tempo pace and high-scoring teams. The offense is designed to produce as many shots possible.
James said he could probably put up even more eye-popping numbers if given the opportunity to play in a similar system.
"If I took 108 shots, I mean the way I'm shooting the ball right now, I'd probably end up with about 250 (points)," James said.
With the news spreading throughout the day, several NBA players tweeted or commented on the performance. The Heat even incorporated it into their practice Wednesday when an intern designated as the shooter during defensive drills was referred to as "Taylor."
"We wanted him shooting all the shots, so we could work our defense," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "I think a lot of wish we would have played at [Grinnell]."
The closest James has came to Taylor was a career-high 56 points against the Toronto Raptors in 2005. James said he's never even reached 100 points while using his likeness in a video game.
"It is tough," James said. "I play video games all the time. I can't score 100 with myself. You've got to mess with the rules, mess with the users and all that stuff to get that."
James declined to say whether a performance as such is good for the game. Critics have said Grinnell coach David Arseneault purposely chased the record to bring national attention to the program. Taylor attempted nearly 80 percent of his team's field goals in a game decided by 75 points.
James said he would only comment after watching film of the game.
"It's unbelievable, honestly," James said. "I would like to see the game. I want to see the game. I watched Kobe's (Bryant) game when he had 81. I've watched some of the greatest games ever played when guys scored big numbers. Two games that I would like to see, one is Wilt (Chamberlain). He had 100 and this kid. I want to see him, too, Sir Jack put up that 138. I'd love to see that footage."
No limitations for Wade
Despite missing three games this early in the season, the Heat have no plans of limiting his minutes unless he shows further sign of injury.
Wade said he expects to play anywhere from 30-35 minutes throughout the duration of this homestand. The Heat play nine of the next 10 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
"Whenever I'm on the court, coach doesn't really limit my minutes," Wade said. "He plays me no matter what's going on. But I'll be at my normal minutes ... around 32 or 33."
Wade said his health is no longer an issue. He also missed the game against the Atlanta Hawks Nov. 9 becuase of the flu.
"I'm getting better," Wade said. "Hopefully, I'll continue to get better daily."
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