Dallas Mavericks, Champions?

I’m just going to say it.

Game 2 of the 2011 NBA finals may have been the best game of basketball I have ever seen.

I say that, I actually want to highlight to 4th quarter (of course), so rephrase ^ that statement as necessary.

I’m currently rewatching the game and you forget that Dallas were 9 points up at one stage. This after one of their poorest games all season. Game 1 saw Dirk struggle offensively, Terry continued his shooting slump and Josh Howard got 3 rebounds in 15 minutes of play.

Game 2 was completely different.

Considering the fact that Dirk had torn a ligament in his left hand middle finger, he played unbelievably well. Getting 11 rebounds and scoring the game winning lay-up…..with his left hand.
Shaun Marrion who had been granted the power of invisibility in Game 1 appeared from nowhere throughout the game making key buckets to keep the pressure up on the Heat.
Whilst Terry’s shooting still wasn’t great, it was better. But it was his defence that was effective. He made good fouls and got some key steals in.

You compare this with how the heat played. Wade and Lebron with 45 (i think?) points between them. As a team they had 9 dunks. The fact that they game from 9 points down to go 15 points up was incredibly impressive.

Yet, just like that did against Oklahoma, Dallas fought back against the odds as Dirk put Dallas ahead for the first time since the 2nd quarter with 3.5 seconds left in the game. Talk about clutch.

Its funny to think that Dallas coach, Rick Carlisle, was even called for a technical foul when he thought the referees had given a wrong call.

When everything seemed to be going wrong for Dallas they still managed to beat a team that has the two best players in the league. Even when all their players are in poor form. Even when their star is playing with a torn ligament. Even when they play on the road. Even when they turn the ball over 20 (yes, 20) times in a single game.

That is why Dallas are going to be Champions.


One response to this post.

  1. Very good article here but I don’t think this Miami meltdown is a sign of things to come. It was a meltdown of epic proportions for sure but it still doesn’t take away from the fact that Miami has been the better team for a very large portion of this series. The Mavericks were lucky that the Heat let down for 7 minutes. Dirk Nowitzki was something else in those last few minutes and the Heat went back to their old ways earlier in the season of bad shots. It’s another lesson learned for the Miami Heat who have shown us all season that they do have the resilience to overcome these types of things. All the adversity has made them a better team and I don’t see why this will be any different. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you have to say. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/dirk-nowitzki-hasnt-been-good-enough/


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