Dwyane Wade wasn't playing like himself in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, having Russell Westbrook blow past him on nearly every play. Wade struggled, having a string of bad jumpers and going 7-of-19 overall.

LeBron James did most of the work, but had no help in the fourth quarter. For the Miami Heat to actually get past the Oklahoma City Thunder, James will need more from Wade and Chris Bosh. James wants Wade to attack more and be aggressive.

“Sometimes I go to him and tell him I need one of those games from him. I need one of those performances from him because he still has it. He knows he still has it too," James told Marc Berman of the New York Post. "But every player needs a little kick every now and then, no matter how time-tested they are. He needs to be DWade and not worry about deferring as much.’’

Wade knows he needs to show up this time.

“I mean, I want to score more points,’’ Wade said. “I want to give my team more to give us an opportunity to win the series. I’ll be more aggressive.’

We'll see what Miami can do in Game 2 Thursday night.

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