There will never be a question about how much Dwyane Wade has given the Miami Heat in his career.

He carried them to one title, bit his lip when several years of his prime were sacrificed on rebuilding, sold the team to LeBron James and Chris Bosh so they’d join him then relinquished his beloved and earned alpha status so James could carry the team to another title.

This dossier has been properly recognized and he’s been afforded plenty of praise for it.

But it can also be used as a crutch and that’s what has been happening so far in the Heat’s postseason.

Wade will explain that he’s being unselfish and his coaches and teammates will back this up with vigor. Sometimes coach Erik Spoelstra will almost be accusatory to the questioner when someone probes how little Wade seems to be producing, explaining just how smart and unselfish Wade is playing.

The party line is that James, Bosh and even Norris Cole are thriving and the Heat are up 2-1 on the Chicago Bulls because Wade is willing to just take seven shots, as he did in Game 3, and not make an issue of it.

“He’s showing a great maturity in this series,” Spoelstra said. “He’s playing very, very intelligent.”

Let us, however, address the elephant in the room. Wade isn’t playing well and he’s hurt and won’t talk about how badly hurt he is. The Heat probably can get past the injury-riddled Bulls with Wade playing a shadow of himself. But if they’re going to win two more series to repeat as champs, it will probably require Wade to return to some semblance of his form.

When the Heat are at their absolute best, it’s because Wade’s relentless offensive attacking combined with James makes them nearly impossible to defend. When he’s feeling good, Wade and James strike fear at the mere hint of a fast break.