Wade’s 29 points and 11 rebounds sparked the Heat…
Miami holds on and defeats Dallas in Game 3 88-86. The winner of Game 3 when Finals is tied 1-1 in 2-3-2 format is 11-0. Game 4 Tuesday at 9 on ABC.
Wade in Game 3 during his playoff career is 6-0. James is 5-1 when his team is tied 1-1.
A champion is made by doing whatever it takes to secure the win and judging by Dwyane Wade’s performance in Game 3 another ring is just over the horizon for the Miami Heat. One of the many criticisms of the South Beach contingent was James and Wade played the same position and would be out of synch as they learned how to play together this season.
This is a misnomer. LeBron James is a point guard in a power forward’s body. His ability must be respected and his very refined attributes allow Wade…the off guard..to roam as free as possible and turn on the scoring when Miami needs it.
Bosh is a jumper shooter at the 4 so there really isn’t any congestion amongst the three stars at any time during the game.
With Boston and Los Angeles both faltering for whatever reason, Miami became the most talented playoff team remaining and now sit two wins away from winning the NBA title the same year as the much criticized ESPN Decision.
LeBron James knew teaming up with Wade and Chris Bosh would give him the best chance to win a championship. No one can do it alone and as we are witnessing with Dirk Nowitzki, that fact has never been more evident. Miami has choices late and Wade seems to be the 4th quarter force in these Finals. When it’s money time Miami simply has more talented players than Dallas.
Miami never had a true stranglehold during Game 3 given the Mavs scoring ability but what separates these teams in particular is how they play defense. Wade, Anthony, Haslem and James are fighting, scratching and clawing defensively when it matters most. Haslem is so big a player for this Heat squad and as many have said on this site and elsewhere, the playoff addition of Miller and Haslem might be as big a reason as any other why the Heat might win it all.
Chalmers scored 12 points because he’s left open when Dallas goes to a zone. He doesn’t have to run the show. He simply has to get to his spot and hit shots. His half court heave to beat the 1st quarter buzzer could be seen as the game winner.
The game was looking like a blowout in the 2nd quarter after a Heat 12-0 run pushed the lead to 34-22. Wade was having none of it and at times during the game made blocks, steals, went down low to get rebounds…again…to do whatever it took to spark his team.
Miami is putting the pressure on Dallas to fight from behind every game and it remains to be seen if Dallas can shoot the lights out late after the Heat suffer necessary offensive breakdowns to win a championship.
LeBron was cool with running the team and hitting the open man. I thought he would put up a monster triple double but his 17 points and 9 assists despite being unspectacular were enough in support of Wade to get the victory. James is averaging three points during the 4th quarter in the Finals but still, the Heat are up 2-1.
Don’t get it messed up and erroneously state LeBron is not a closer. His focus is running the team and playing defense.
How unselfish is that?
I also incorrectly thought the Heat would win 111-100 because I thought the hometown Mavs would get out on the break…being they are home…and bench players (in any sport) play better after sleeping in their own beds. The crowd seemed nervous and weren’t as loud as they have been in the past big affairs.
Dirk, who had 34, 11 rips and 3 blocks, scored 15 of the Mavs last 22 and was unstoppable. Everyone knew where the ball was going with the game on the line and Udonis Haslem bodied up to make sure Nowitzki’s last shot attempt was contested. Just as any superstar in the league Nowitzki scores at will and when he misses it’s almost a shock. He did also have a huge turnover late (Miami sent three players his way) and messed up on a pick and roll that allowed Chris Bosh to hit the game winner (18 points in his hometown).
Dallas had a rebounding edge 42-36 and outscored Miami’s bench 25-22 but were pummeled down low 40-22 on the scoreboard.
It appears Miami is still settling for jump shots which allow Dallas to get back in the game because Dallas is the better shooting team. They were down 14 in the first half but went on a 11-2 run the rest of the 2nd quarter to cut the deficit to 5 at the break.
This is Miami’s series to lose if they stick to the script and attack the basket.
The difference in this series is LeBron has Wade and Dirk does not. Simple as that. Dirk has to score 30 and LeBron does not. If Dallas does not get out to an early Game 4 lead which would allow their crowd to become a factor this series is over in 5.
|E. Dampier||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|E. House||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|J. Jones||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|Z. Ilgauskas||DNP — INACTIVE|
|J. Magloire||DNP — INACTIVE|
|D. Pittman||DNP — INACTIVE|
|R. Beaubois||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|C. Brewer||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|C. Butler||DNP — INACTIVE|
|B. Haywood||DNP — INACTIVE|
|D. Jones||DNP — INACTIVE|
Time of Game: 2:40