Team effort proved to be too much for the Heat
Give Dallas props. They played defense. They hit shots and now are one win away from becoming 2011 NBA champions. Dirk hit rainbows but was not alone on this night…
This was the first game both offenses got off . The Mavs shot 56% and the Heat 52%. After three straight Finals games decided by less than 3 points for the first time since 1947 and 1948, both teams opened with 30 point first quarters (Miami scored 31) and traded baskets for most of the game. The difference was Dallas hitting an incredible 13 of 19 threes while Miami a mortal 8 of 20. Shock and surprised Dirk, who put in 29 points, shot just one and hit just one.
Dirk got some help…big time. Jason Terry walked the walk after so much talk following a Game 3 home loss and scored 21. There are big game players and Terry has stepped up tremendously…hitting a crucial 8 points (5 in 33 seconds) in the last 3:30…including a huge three in LeBron’s face to push the lead to and insurmountable 108-101. Jason Kidd, who has had a great 16 year Hall of Fame run and is one win away from finally becoming a champion, hit 3-5 three point attempts and scored 13. Defense from Kidd has been key and he’s turning LeBron and Wade into a jump shooters late when foul shooting becomes a factor. J. J. Barea penetrates every chance he gets and mixed critical inside/outside flair in his 25 minutes…scoring 17 to go along with 5 dimes. Tyson Chandler rounded out five Mavs in double figures with 13 and also had two nice blocks.
For the Heat, Dwayne Wade seemed in position to have a big game before he injured his hip in the 1st quarter. He did have 23 points, 8 rips and hit 10-12 free throws in 34 minutes of sporadic time because of the aforementioned injury. Chris Bosh played well again and had 19 and 10 boards. Mario Chalmers had 15 despite playing and inexplicable 23 minutes. He was 4 of 6 from the arc and should have been on the floor more. Udonis Haslem had 10…Mike Miller 9 and that venerable Fab Fiver Juwan Howard 6 (ironically played for Dallas when we talked).
Each of the the Heats primary stars had 4 turnovers. Where were the breakaway dunks?
Early in the contest, James was aggressive. He posted up. He stayed down low to become a major factor on the boards. He found open men. He looked like a different player. His movement was confident and fluid…then the 4th quarter happened.
The same 4th quarter?!?!
I don’t want to take anything away from his 17, 10 and 10 triple double, but honestly he should get that in his sleep. Those numbers are pedestrian at best for LeBron. To have just two 4th quarter points in a game he called the biggest of his life is absolutely unacceptable. There was a questionable offensive foul called by Joey Crawford on LeBron (Chandler defending) in the lane with 2:30 left on a scored layup that was critical but for the most part he did not put his cash where his mouth is. The officiating was horrible but in no way shape or form the reason why Dallas won. Dallas won because they were the better team last night.
Wade and LeBron are catching heat for a video captured by CBS 11 in Dallas showing the two superstars mocking Dirk Nowitzki Game 4 flu. This type of stuff happens all the time in sports and is nothing in the grand scheme of things but will be made into a ridiculous issue once the video makes it around the web. We live in an age where cameras are hot all the time and if anything the Heat stars should have known this and saved the snaps for the bus. These teams obviously do not like each other and trust me there’s all kinds of ribbing behind the scene.
Little ladies out there shaking their fingers at Wade and James? Get over it.
LeBron Game 6 isn’t your life but it is your sanity. You better go Oscar/Mike/Magic/Doc/Bird or your summer is going to be hell. Straight up. No one thinks you can do it which is crazy to think but 4 straight 4th quarters with 2 or less points is the proof in the pudding.
America is beginning to exhale in relief dude. You cool with that?
It’s time to step up and tell the world to kiss your ass, stop with the bs, turn the media away and take the fine. What is going on now is hugely your fault. Dirk is stepping up and taking what he thinks is his and it can’t be denied or questioned. All people remember is you missing 5 potential game tying/winning shots during the season. They think you are a choker and unworthy of superstar status.
What the hell are you going to do now? Man up or become a sulking chump? I and others at this site want you to do well and win this because you and your teammates gave the finger to the status quo and did what ownership does without a thought or peep from fans who remain loyal nevertheless and formed your own team. The hate is ridiculous (yeah of course it’s cool for some to dislike anyone but keep it real) but you know how this society is. Followers abound.
Be a leader. Cats are jumping ship and drowning as we speak. They do not believe anymore.
I said the Heat would win all season (didn’t matter who the opponent was and that’s no diss) and still think so but once I saw pigs roasted with your number branded, dragged jerseys in Cleveland streets as if your name was Bin Laden, you had me in your corner family. That abject hate bs is disgusting. Save it for a serial killer and not a basketball player. I hate nothing like that…not even Cowboys and Celtics. Yeah this is Philly.
The Heat go home with a shot to close out the season and shut everyone up. They get one last shot to show and prove…
LeBron do this and do this now. They will still hate (that’s forever) you but they will also have to respect you…at least the ones who are rational…
This goes 7…
|E. Dampier||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|
|P. Stojakovic||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|C. Butler||DNP — INACTIVE|
|B. Haywood||DNP — INACTIVE|
|D. Jones||DNP — INACTIVE|
Officials: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Bill Kennedy
Time of Game: 2:39
– S. Marion (2:17 – 2nd Qtr)