Dwyane Wade was being patient all along.

Before the season began, he said he would be fully healed from offseason knee surgery somewhere around the NBA All-Star Break. And here we are a week removed from the break, and Wade is proving his prediction was true.

After a slow start, he is blossoming just in time as the Miami Heat are making their final adjustments before the postseason. He's averaging 24.7 points while shooting at least 50 percent from the field in the past three games.

That likely would have earned him Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors had LeBron James not been in the league. James on Monday grabbed the honor for the fifth time this season, but Wade has been just as key in the Heat's 11-game winning streak entering Tuesday's game against the Sacramento Kings at AmericanAirlines Arena.

"We talked about all summer that February would be the time kind of when I would start feeling very well," Wade said. "…Now, it's just about taking care of your bumps and bruises."