Wednesday, June 14, 2006

It's A Combination of Things...

Nevada Refinance
Nevada Refinance Counter

Let's recount how the Mavs lost Game 3...

  • Up 13 in the fourth quarter, the Heat come back to win.
  • Dwyane Wade scores 42 points and makes some insane plays on the way
  • Shaq and Udonis go 4-4 from the line when it matters
  • Dirk misses a crunch-time free throw
  • Every questionable call goes the way of the Heat

And yet, the Heat only win by 2 at home. All those things plus homecourt equals a squeaked out Heat win. So what's the big deal? Why are people freaking out? I just don't understand that.

I wrote the same thing after the Game 1 against the Suns. It took a series of events for the Suns to win that game, much like Game 3. This game was the exact same as another Game 1... of the Finals. Look at what the Mavs did in that game and compare it with this game.

There wasn't a single Mav who played well consistently. There were spurts where Howard had it going. There were spots where Dirk was playing well. Terry even had a few decent possessions. Look back to Game 1. Terry played the best, just as Dirk did in Game 3, but even Terry was held scoreless in the third quarter. No one was in sync in Game 1.

Also, the pace of the game was all for the Heat. The Mavs were flirting with 100, but as the game wore on, they appeared to be heading for the mid-90's. There was even a comeback and big run in Game 3, just like Game 1.

So, what was the difference? I'll preface this by saying that it was painful for me to see it against the Mavs. But Dwyane Wade is the man. Best player in the league. Hands down. Don't even argue with me. In Game 1, he didn't come alive, and he more than made up for it in Game 3. I'll stop kissing Wade's ass right now, but he was the difference.

Now it's time for me to get on my high horse, so if you're sick of me always being right, you may as well just close this window.

For all you Mavs fans who are freaking out about a Game 3 loss, stop it. Right now. Don't be ridiculous. Did you honestly expect the Mavs to sweep Wade, Shaq, Riley, and the hooligans out of the Finals? Of course not. The Mavs were going to lose at least 1, or 2, or 3 games in the series. I understand that we expect the Mavs to win every game, but don't forget about how good the Heat are at home. And don't forget that no matter what happens, the Mavs still have homecourt advantage.

And then there is the most overrated statistic in all of basketball. The Josh Howard stat. You know the one I'm talking about. 25-0. No more. And to be honest, I couldn't be happier. I hate a stat like that. It means absolutely nothing, and I've been very impressed with Howard's understanding of it. The reason why the Mavs were undefeated in all those games wasn't because Howard was scoring but because the team was in sync so well that a side-effect was Howard scoring 20 points. I compare that stat to anything in football such as the Bills are undefeated when Willis has over 30 carries in a game. Yeah, No &%$# When you're winning in football, you run the ball to eat clock. When you're offense is running well, Josh Howard scores points. The ultimate destination of both? A win. Bye-bye Josh Howard stat. It was a good run while it lasted, but it meant nothing.

So what should we expect in Game 4? How about more of the same? More Dirk. More Wade. Where can the Mavs improve? On consistency. Nobody is playing consistently well. You need proof? Read Tuesday's Dallas Morning News, which praised and featured Stack, only to give Mavs fans hope for Game 3 (4 points).

Let's watch the Mavs step on the Heat's collective neck and put them in a position to fight or die.

Mavs win.

1 comment:

Lacher said...

When your counter hits 100, can we celebrate and throw a big party.