In NBA Finals Game 4, Dallas Steals One At Home 86-83 And Tie The Series 2-2

“We sick?”

Jason Terry with 17 and DeShawn Stevenson with 11 outscored the entire Heat bench 28-15 to spur the Mavericks past the Heat 86-83. There were 12 lead changes and 15 ties. Game 5 Thursday, 9 p.m. EST on ABC.

First off, I gotta give Whitlock mad props for this piece. The Heat are -21 vs. Dallas at the line this series after dominating the stripe against Philly, Boston and Chicago. Wade (32 points, 6 rebounds) was all over the place once again but LeBron was not.

I don’t want this to sound as if I’m bashing LeBron, but honestly, my first thought was Donovan McNabb.

In Philly, while  in his prime, Donovan did all he could to prove to the world he was a pocket passer and all but stopped using his legs as a weapon. McNabb then began to hear the whispers he wasn’t running enough. We all know what transpired and Donovan was slammed by everyone. He couldn’t win.

LeBron can’t have a 2011 Jason Kidd line in a pivotal game that most will see as a Dallas back breaker had the Heat won. He said in the post game presser he would have cared less about his point total if Miami did in fact win, but of course when people look back on this box score, LeBron’s line will jump out and dance around their minds.

In 89 playoff games before last night, LeBron James never failed to score at least ten points. On the surface, that is such a NBA materialistic stat but when you consider the Heat scored just 14 points in the 4th quarter last night, one must wonder if something is up with the 26 year old wunderkind. Wade left it all out on the floor. There was nothing he didn’t do and Chris Bosh had a nice game as well (24 points, 6 rebounds) but for this team to win a title it’s going to take more than Dwyane Wade and Bosh doing what they normally are capable of.

As Chris Webber said last night, LeBron is a bit of a Magic Jordan hybrid. It must be difficult to have so much talent at your disposal but LeBron has to understand there is no defense existing that can shut him down enough to simply turn him into a triple single point guard.

This is not about points…again…but more about becoming more of an assertive threat to make the Mavericks defense extend that much farther to free LeBron’s teammates just a little bit more.

There will be erroneous Michael Jordan Flu game comparisons with Dirk’s performance and even he shot down the seemingly media forced notion by simply comparing his line to Mike’s post game. Dirk obviously didn’t shoot the ball well…missing 13 of his 19 shots…but scored 10 in the fourth…including the game winning layup after Wade missed the second of two free throws that would have tied the game at 84.

Nine of Tyson Chandler’s sixteen boards were offensive and his presence helped the Mavs close a series wide margin in paint scoring 40-38 (last night).

DeShawn Stevenson was asked to come off the bench and J. J. Barea was named starter. Dallas had to do something different and that tweak could be seen as the determining factor but the truth remains that LeBron James has to attack with Wade bad intention. If Miami does not win this series, Game 4 will become another Boston Game 5. Maybe he’s too chill. Maybe he’s thinking too much like again, McNabb, but one thing LeBron must understand is he does not want to go through another summer of media and fans questioning his fortitude.

This is not about a Dallas zone stifling a 6’8″ truck from getting into the lane. This is more about LeBron making up his mind and taking it to a defense that has never been mistaken for a defense (zone?).

Get it right…get it right…get it tight…

Wade and Bosh want this. Do you?

 

Miami
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3PM-3PA +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
L. James F 45:43 3-11 2-4 0-3 -6 3 9 7 0 2 4 4 8
C. Bosh F 42:08 9-19 6-8 0-0 -2 1 6 1 1 0 4 1 24
J. Anthony C 28:25 2-6 0-0 0-0 -8 5 8 1 1 0 0 4 4
D. Wade G 39:26 13-20 6-9 0-2 -7 4 6 2 2 2 2 3 32
M. Bibby G 16:12 0-1 0-0 0-1 -4 1 2 1 0 0 0 3 0
M. Chalmers 29:28 1-5 3-3 0-3 +3 0 4 6 0 3 2 2 5
U. Haslem 21:24 2-5 0-0 0-0 +4 0 4 0 1 0 0 3 4
M. Miller 14:34 2-8 0-0 2-5 +2 1 3 1 0 1 1 2 6
J. Howard 2:40 0-0 0-0 0-0 +3 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
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
Totals 240 32-75 

(.427)

17-24 

(.708)

2-14 

(.143)

- 15 44 19 5 8 13 23 83
Dallas
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3PM-3PA +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
D. Nowitzki F 39:09 6-19 9-10 0-2 +7 0 11 1 0 0 3 2 21
S. Marion F 25:45 7-12 2-2 0-0 -2 2 4 0 1 0 2 2 16
T. Chandler C 42:56 4-7 5-8 0-0 +7 9 16 1 0 1 0 3 13
J. Kidd G 38:58 0-3 0-0 0-3 +12 0 3 3 1 3 4 1 0
J. Barea G 21:38 3-9 2-2 0-2 -7 1 3 4 0 0 1 2 8
J. Terry 35:24 6-15 4-6 1-4 +1 0 0 3 0 3 0 2 17
D. Stevenson 25:38 3-7 2-2 3-7 +6 0 3 1 0 0 0 3 11
B. Cardinal 7:25 0-1 0-0 0-1 -1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0
B. Haywood 3:05 0-0 0-0 0-0 -10 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
P. Stojakovic 0:02 0-0 0-0 0-0 +2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Brewer DNP — COACH’S DECISION
I. Mahinmi DNP — COACH’S DECISION
R. Beaubois DNP — INACTIVE
C. Butler DNP — INACTIVE
D. Jones DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 29-73 

(.397)

24-30 

(.800)

4-19 

(.211)

- 12 41 13 2 7 11 18 86

 

Officials: Monty McCutchen, Marc Davis, Greg Willard 

Attendance: 20,430

Time of Game: 2:40

10 Responses to “In NBA Finals Game 4, Dallas Steals One At Home 86-83 And Tie The Series 2-2”

  1. Temple3 says:

    J.Kidd has a +12 PM rating and didn’t score a single point.

  2. GrandNubian says:

    Perhaps playing all those minutes is taking its toll on Lebron. What sayest thou?

    Apparently, DeShawn Stevenson doesn’t seem to think so. He said Lebron, and I quote “checked out” of game four.

    Ouch! :-)

  3. ks says:

    Dude got yanked out of the starting lineup and he’s yapping? C’mon now…

  4. kos says:

    I don’t think the minutes effect LeBron that much. I’m with Miz. LeBron is listening to folks too much. The sooner he says f*#k you to all of the media out there and starts just playing his game, the better off he’ll be.

    GN, ks -
    Stevenson has always been a talker, and remember his history with LeBron from his time with the Wizards.

  5. Origin says:

    I tell you what these bandwagon Mavs fans here in Dallas talk more crap then Stevenson and Terry combined.
    The minutes could be taking a toll on Lebron, but we must also give credit to the Mavs defense. They are closing the lanes down and preventing Lebron from getting into the paint. They are jumping out on the pick and roll and preventing him from turning the corner and getting into the lane.

    Now the other part of this is that the refs are allowing the Mavs to beat up on him. He is not being protected like Dirk……players are being allowed to hand check him and get under his body. During fast breaks players are grabbing and holding him. When bringing up the ball they are bodying him up and bumping and grinding on him. During pick and rolls Dirk is allowed to bang on him as he turns the corner and Chandler is double teaming him on pick and rolls. Basically the Mavs are being allowed to D him up 1990′s style. Add to the fact that he isn’t as small, quick and agile like Wade (Wade is able to get around the defenders in the paint and quick enough to avoid the constant bumping/grinding….plus he is agile enough to avoid charges).

    All of this is frustrating Lebron………but this is when Lebron and Spo need to adjust. When Kidd and Stevenson guarded Lebron he needs to post them up. In the 2nd Qrt I believe Kid was on Lebron and he had him at the high post. The Heat scored on 4 plays by having Lebron pass over Kid to cutting Wade or Bosh. The one play Lebron was on the block against Kidd the double came and Bosh made a wide open jumper from an assist from Lebron. Next thing I know Lebron and Spo stop running the play.

    As I said 2 days ago, in the NBA Finals the weaker team is allowed to be more aggressive and physical against the stronger team. This is what is happening here……….the Mavs Bigs especially Chandler are allowed to hit and bang in the paint (He looks like a bigger version of 1992 – 1996 Charles Oakley/Anthony Mason out there hitting and throwing everyone to the ground) and the wing players are allowed to clutch and grab. The Heat must over come this just like the Lakers, Bulls and Spurs did during their championship runs. Some times you just have to out play the refs.

    Now the question is if this series goes to a game 7 do the refs pull a game 7 of the 1992 NBA semifinals Bulls vs Knicks where the refs stop letting the lesser team play physical Even though they were allowed to beat on the stronger team for 6 games). This Heat team is just like that Bulls team (Especially 1991-93) in which the only way to beat them and extend the series is to physically beat up their SF, PF and Centers. Once the refs no longer let you beat on them its game over.

    The Mavs must win game 5 or they are done. If they lose they cannot beat the Heat twice in Miami. Plus Lebron and Wade will have 3 days of rest between Thursday and Sunday.

  6. GrandNubian says:

    You guys might be right, as it does seem like Lebron is listening to the media instead of being who he is. He even said after Terry and Stevenson’s comments that “…we watch ESPN.” That’s a very telling statement.

    I said before the playoffs begun (and I said it several times on this blog) that if the Heat embrace the role as the “villian”, they will be hard to beat. It’s a role that I was hoping they would embrace. I just hope that Lebron is not stepping away from that role.

    We shall see….

    Origin

    You’re right about all these “bandwagon” Mavs fans. What’s even more hilarious is that most of them are Laker fans. I’m still trying to figure that one out. (lol)

  7. TC says:

    Kos- I’m with you on LBJ turning off the TV, avoiding reading the paper, etc. Problem is also the oversimplification by the media. Always focusing on points scored. In post-game interviews, and certainly not on sports talk radio, there’s no talk about any other way to contribute to a team’s success than points. LBJ will be just fine.

  8. kos says:

    TC-
    Sadly, with the ESPNification of sports, if you’re a star of LeBron’s caliber, the only way they measure your impact is by points scored. Never mind the assists, defense, rebounds, etc…

    It’s also not enough for LBJ to come out the winner in the Finals, the media wants him to be the reason for the Heat winning, i.e., he should be the one scoring the most points. Otherwise, they’ll label him a bum.

    I think one thing that LBJ didn’t count on in going to Miami was the level of media scrutiny going up exponentially. In Cleveland, the expectations were never that high, and Cleveland isn’t considered a marque city in the NBA. Miami has much greater expectations, and the press there isn’t always going to be as friendly, even to the star players.

  9. GrandNubian says:

    I just found out today that Larry Bird had “back-to-back” games of scoring 8 points in the NBA Finals.

  10. Deron says:

    Miami has to figure out how to get Lebron more involved, he’s being way too tentative. Deferring to Wade does not mean he has to be tentative. However, with the way the Mavs were shooting, I’m not sure it really mattered. They put on a offensive clinic: great shots and few turnovers. Dallas vs. Miami Game 5 Rare Offensive Show.

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