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MMPG: Player of the Week

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

I don't need no stinking bandages. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

It was a dizzying display of three-pointers, blocked shots, steals, an out-of-bounds save, two-handed dunks, screams to the crowd that, "That is my house!" After New York Knicks guard Danillo Gallinari busted his lip with an elbow, Miami Heat all-star Dwyane Wade erupted for 24 of his 46 points in the fourth quarter of an incredible 120-115 comeback win on Saturday -- an extra large exclamation point on an extra large week for Wade.

Wade led the Heat to a 2-1 record last week, recording wins against Detroit and New York, and averaged 32.7 points, 12 assists and 5.7 rebounds. The stellar performances came on the heels of Wade scoring a career-high 50 points in a loss to the Orlando Magic. Over his last four games, Wade has scored or assisted on 59.4 percent of the Miami's field goals (94 of 158). And, since the all-star break, Wade has averaged 35 points, 10.3 assists and shot 55.3 percent from the field (73-for-132) to regain his spot atop the NBA's leading scorers.

The only thing that didn't go Wade's way was that the NBA forbid him from wearing the creative, designer band-aids beneath his left eye. Wade initially used the bandages to cover up some stitches, but even after the wound healed, he wore band-aids with the American flag, "D-Wade" and "Flash" with a lightening bolt. Somehow the league took offense to Wade's self expression with band aids, but had no problem with the Steve Urkel-approved outfit he wore while coaching in the Rookie Challenge.

By Michael Lee  |  March 2, 2009; 12:17 PM ET
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