FOR JUNE 2, 2014
The Middle Man
How are the Heat navigating the Pacers' stifling defense? One answer: Dwyane Wade. Despite missing 28 games during the regular season because of injuries to his left hamstring and his knees, Wade has taken the postseason by storm, sparking Miami's offense in the Eastern Conference finals, averaging 24.3 points per game on 62% shooting through Sunday. He's outmaneuvering Indiana's 7'2" center Roy Hibbert by hitting tough, intermediate shots, including his signature floater. Writes SI.com's Rob Mahoney, "Wade is consistently working his way into the lane to engage the help defense." For more of Mahoney's analysis of Wade and complete coverage of the playoffs, go to SI.com/nba
Curtain Call For a Legend
From the SI Vault June 23, 1975
When Pelé, at age 34, played his first game for the New York Cosmos, in front of 21,000 fans at Downing Stadium, the pitch became his stage and U.S. soccer finally had its star. Pelé lived up to his billing, scoring once and adding an assist in a performance that enabled the Cosmos to salvage a 2--2 tie with the Dallas Tornado.
By Jerry Kirshenbaum
SI DIGITAL BONUS
The King reigned supreme, averaging 24.3 points and six assists.
The third member of the Big Three slumped, averaging 9.0 ppg and four rpg.
The Pacers' point guard got hot against the Heat, with 17.3 ppg.
Despite a concussion in Game 2, the small forward scored 17 in Game 3.
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JOHN W. MCDONOUGH/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (WADE)
NEIL LEIFER /SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (PELE)
SITADE/E+/GETTY IMAGES (MONITOR)
TODD ROSENBERG FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (TROPHY)
PORTER BINKS (GEORGE)
SIMON BRUTY/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (STEPHENSON)
GREG NELSON FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (BOSH)
HEINZ KLUETMEIER FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (JAMES)