Heat Legend Dwyane Wade Mesmerized with Knicks Star Austin Rivers

Published 01/07/2021, 11:30 AM EST
Jan 6, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) shoots over New York Knicks guard Austin Rivers (8) in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


After decades of watching the New York Knicks lose their winning culture, watching them get back-to-back win’s this season hasn’t been an easy pill to digest. However, as surprising as it is, it is also amazing as the man behind this is Austin Rivers. Making his debut with the Knicks, he is already drawing a lot of attention. In fact, he has also caught Miami Heat legend, Dwyane Wade‘s eye.

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Rivers’ contribution became most evident when he was a part of the Houston Rockets for two years. So, when the Knicks signed him, fans were relieved because they were certain that he would add some much-needed outside shooting and also bring in off-the-dribble creation.

After just playing a few games for this franchise, it looks like they have found the veteran that will help them build back a better culture in the team. When the Knicks played against the Raptors on New Year’s eve, they had suffered a disappointing 100-83 loss. But the way he led the following game against the Pacers and crushed them was a sight to watch.

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Jan 2, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) and New York Knicks guard Austin Rivers (8) go for a loose ball in the fourth quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Dwyane Wade impressed with Austin Rivers

It was like something took over Austin in the fourth quarter against the Utah Jazz. Finishing with 23 points under his belt, he actually dropped 14 consecutive points for the Knicks and defeated them 112-100.

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With Julius Randle’s 30 points, 16 rebounds, and 7 assists, the Knicks overcome an 18 point deficit from the second half. This was their second come back after a big deficit. He may not be their lead scorer, but if he hadn’t shown up in the last five minutes of the game, where the two were tied at 96, this would have been a loss for them.

Seeing this Wade showed his support for the man and wrote, I see you bro. Closer!!!”. It’s likely that by ‘Closer’ he actually means that Rivers is near to taking his game to the next level.

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The Knicks are looking great in the season so far. They stand fifth in the East with a 5-2 record. Watching Rivers play, is it too soon to say that the Knicks might make it to the playoffs since 2013? Or do they still have a long way to go before they become title contenders in this competitive East?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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