NOT OVER UNTIL IT’S OVER
“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully.”
With a little over 6 minutes to play in game 2 of the NBA Finals last night between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks, Miami was leading 88-73. I’m not afraid to admit, I thought this game was over. Miami was ballin’, Mavs were not. The Heat were making 3′s, they were dunking and the Mavericks couldn’t make a shot. Things go so bad that Flipper put Brian Cardinal in the game! Last burn the former Purdue Boilmaker saw was back on May 8th.
But the resilient and experienced Mavericks outscored Miami 22-5 over the last 6:25 of the game to pull out the win 95-93 and tie the best of 7 series at 1.
Jason Kidd said it best after the game last night, “You gotta play for 48 minutes.”
You’re damn right J-Kidd. Too many players play in spurts. They save themselves or don’t empty their tank while on the floor. or, when players find themselves trailing, they give up. Let’s not forget a team like Miami last night when they jump out to a big lead, they forget how to finish.
Dirk Nowitizki scored the Mavericks last 9 points of the game while teammate Jason Terry, who started the 4th quarter ice cold came alive with 8 points and a big time blocked shot on Udonis Haslem after the former Gator had grabbed an offensive rebound and was ready for the putback. Terry had one of the strangest 4th quarters I have ever seen. 0-2 FG, 2 TO’s first 6 minutes. Last 6 minutes 3-3 FG 2/2FT. How about Terry taking off his shoes after game and tossing them to a fane in the stands? That’s what’s up!
Nowitzki finished with 24 points on 10-22 shooting. D-Wade finished with 36 points on 13-20 from the field.
After Wade’s made 3-pointer from the right corner Miami went up 88-73, the Heat missed their next 9 shots. I don’t think Dallas appreciated Wade staring at his shot and posing with his follow through in front of their bench either. Sort of like a baseball player staring at his home run at home plate.
LeBron James was the invisible man in the 4th quarter. The 6’8″ 270 pound point forward shot 0-4 from the field down the stretch. I had a problem with him on defense late in the game when Dirk scored the go ahead lay-up to put Dallas up 95-93. He was guarding Terry in the left corner when Dirk made his drive; LBJ should have helped Chris Bosh who was all alone on an island.
More Bosh defense (or lack of): When Dirk made the 3 point shot to give Dallas a 93-90 lead, Bosh was totally lost on the screen set by Tyson Chandler. You could see the frustration on Haslem’s face after the shot was made, there was clearly zero communication on the action.
What happened to Miami’s outside shooter, James Jones? Is he still on the team?
Dallas toughened up from Game 1. Heat only managed 6 offensive rebounds in game 2. Game 1 they grabbed 16. Sean Marion and Chandler were the real stars of this win. They kept Dallas afloat with many hustle plays. If you are brave enough to do the little things in basketball you will have mucho success. Too many cats worry about scoring.
Mavericks bench also outplayed Miami’s.
The loss was Miami’s first at home in the playoffs this season.
The series now shifts to Dallas Sunday night.
In Miami, they play the best music for player introductions. With a quick search on Twitter for title and artist, many of my followers helped me out. Not sure though if I can download from i-tunes and play it at our games. But the instrumental version is tight.
Yesterday I had dinner at 5 Guys Burger and Fries with my daughter. The person behind the register was very nice. She also was sweeping up and changing bags in garbage cans. We chatted a bit. She said they encourage their employees to interact with customers. Nice touch!
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