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Miami Heat’s superstar Dwayne Wade was benched in the fourth quarter of the game versus the Utah Jazz on Monday. The Heat ended up losing the game 104-97.
Wade surprisingly didn’t show much frustration towards head coach Erik Spoelstra, but he was still pretty upset. According to ESPN, Wade said, "It was the frustration of losing. The fourth quarter was overblown. When I went to the bench we were down 19 points and that team did a great job of coming back and making it a game. Obviously you want to play but I could never get mad at my team coming back."
As a star of the team it has to be hard to just sit there and watch your team lose and not be able to at least have an impact in the final quarter.
Chris Bosh was also benched for some of the quarter. He’s been having issues rebounding against the other big men in the league. In the past seven games, he’s been averaging five rebounds per game. He finished the game with only one rebound.
According to the Miami Herald, Spoelstra said in a post game interview, that “Everybody in our locker room, staff, players, everybody included, has to give more, and that’s the bottom line. We have to give more to get us over the hump and get a quality win.”
Hopefully they will show more of an effort in their next game, which is tonight against the Golden State Warriors.