D-Wade's slow start problem

Dwyane Wade has merely been average in the first halves of games this postseason. Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images

Something's up with Dwyane Wade.

At 30 years old, Wade is in the midst of one of the worst postseasons of his career. His PER is down from 26.3 last postseason to 22.1 this postseason, his lowest rate since his rookie season (minimum five games). He's not quite old enough at this point for us to attribute his precipitous drop-off to a natural decline.

His sore left knee might be the culprit. Before Game 2 of the Indiana series, Wade had his knee drained because of fluid buildup due to inflammation. Although Wade won't publicly admit the severity of his knee issues, he is regularly exhibiting a slight limp on the floor.

There's something peculiar going on with his in-game splits that might have gone unnoticed by the casual fan.