“Right thinking paves the way to right behavior.”
Game 1 of the NBA finals went to the Miami Heat last night 92-84. Game 2 is Thursday night.
It happens all the time with every sporting event. You have a winner and you have a loser.
What’s inevitable is the arm-chair coaches and all the second guessers, fantasy coaches and of course your bloggers/analysts who give you their predictions.
Then you have your guys who turn this into rocket science. It’s not.
Charles Barkley said, “Everybody thinks they’re a genius.”
Basketball is a simple game. The object is to get the ball in the basket. Too many people overanalyze it.
I have said for years that there are many ways to win; each coach has a different philosophy.
Last night the shooting wasn’t as good as we are used to seeing but the bottom line is Miami made more baskets.
Two areas where many people talked about leading up to the series was outside shooting and bench play. Everyone who gets paid to analyze basketball said Dallas shot it better from distance and they also had a better bench. Only problem is someone forgot to tell the Miami Heat.
Miami shot 11-24 from three-point range, Dallas 9-22.
Miami’s bench scored 27 points, the Mavericks 17.
“We gotta make more shots,” said Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle.
See, it’s simple.
Mavericks back-up point guard JJ Barea shot 1-8 from the field. Heat back-up guard Mario Chalmers was 3-7 from distance.
Mike Miller of the Heat, who everyone looked at as a great pick up by Miami in the off-season because of his outside shooting grabbed 5 rebounds last night in 20 minutes. He does other things besides score.
When Deshawn Stevenson made a 3 at the 8-minute mark of the 4th quarter to bring Dallas within 3, 72-69 the Mavs went almost 4 minutes without a point.
Hard to imagine half-time analysts for ABC could go the whole half without mentioning the play of Chris Bosh. The former Georgia Tech standout scored 13 points and 7 rebounds at the break.
Excellent coaching move by Erik Spoelstra late in the game; he had LeBron on Jason Terry and Udonis Haslem on Dirk Nowitzki.
The Heat snatched 16 offensive rebounds, Dallas had 6.
Everyone breaks down LeBron’s game and talks about what he can’t do; but I always stick to what Don Nelson once said about building up a player’s strength. Concentrate on your strengths. They used to say that LBJ couldn’t shoot from the outside. Well he went 4-5 last night from distance. James also ran the pick and roll to perfection last night with Bosh. Not many guys can make a great bounce pass to a rolling teammate. I’m all for improvement but be realistic when looking to add something to your game.
Nowitzki tore a tendon in his middle finger of his off-hand. He said he will be ready Thursday night. Everyone is saying Dirk played well in the 4th quarter last night but they are forgetting to mention that in the final period he went from the 9:45 mark to the 3:00 mark without a point. Credit Miami’s defense…During that time Dirk took only 1 shot.
Once again, my theory on how the media/the Mothership has hurt youth basketball around America; NBA TV’s assist of the game last night on their post game show was an ally oop pass from D-Wade to James for a dunk. To me, it’s the gorgeous pick and roll with the bounce pass from James to Bosh for a lay-up. Fundamentals, let’s concentrate on the fundamentals. The kids are watching.
Why is it that in high school and college basketball when you are on the floor with the ball and you stand up, it’s a travel? But it’s not in the NBA?
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