Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Meet The Heat

For years, people have been saying that some series was the most important in Mavs' History. Well, this is it, bar none. And there is no better way to kick the series off than to introduce you to the Miami Heat who we have only seen twice this season.

For each player, I will give his playoff statistics and anything noteworthy, any Mav relation, and a personal comment.


Derek Anderson #5 6'5 Guard/Forward
Stats: 3 ppg, 1.1 rpg, .6 apg, .25 spg, 5-14 from 3-point range
Mav Relation: Never played for the Mavs, but he did have his shoulder destroyed by Juwan Howard in the 2001 Playoffs causing controversy over whether or not Howard should have been suspended.
Personal Note: The guy has underachieved throughout his career and has battled through injuries. He hardly gets playing time, but he could be brought off the bench as a three point shooter since he can occasionally light it up.

Shandon Anderson #49 6'6 Guard/Forward
Stats: .8 ppg, .6 rpg, .1 apg, 0 spg, .11 bpg, has only attempted 7 shots in 9 games played
Mav Relation: Part of a three team trade that brough Mugsy Bogues to the Mavericks for a brief period.
Personal Note: World-class stiff, if you ask me. May get some playing time in finals since he's a G/F.

Earl Barron #30 7'0 Center
Stats: Not on playoff roster
Mav Relation: None
Personal Note: Only guy I know with a name consisting of two feudal titles

Michael Doleac #51 6'11 Center
Stats: 2.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0 apg, .14 spg, 0 bpg, hasn't left the bench since Game 2 of New Jersey series.
Mav Relation: None, the Mavs only had room for one terrible white center
Personal Note: Not much to say about Doleac except that he's the third center behind Mourning and Shaq, which means he rarely plays, and when he does, his teammates probably think he sucks because they compare him to two hall-of-famers. Tough life for Doleac.

Udonis Haslem #40 6'8 Power Forward
Stats: 9.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg, .9 apg, .38 spg, .44 bpg, commits 3.4 fouls per game
Mav Relation: None yet, but he will be remembered my Mavs' fans forever after this series.
Personal Note: My mom believes he looks like a criminal. I think he looks just plain mean. He's inconsistent offensively but can mix it up on the other end.

Jason Kapono #24 6'8 Small Forward
Stats: Hasn't played in playoffs
Mav Relation: None
Personal Note: This is the token white guy on the end of the bench cheering for his team to win. Hopefully, his white boy cheering is a pathetic attempt to get his team to win.

Alonzo Mourning #33 6'10 Center
Stats: 3.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, .2 apg, .2 spg, 1 bpg, 10.6 minutes per game, 1 kidney
Mav Relation: Mavs tried to woo him to come to Dallas after he left Miami, and he led the Mavs on Kurt Thomas stlye. Bastard.
Personal Note: I was always a 'Zo fan until the Mavs situation occurred; his life went downhill from there, forcing two trades instead of accepting a reasonable buyout. But I'll never forget his feud with Larry Johnson. Ah, the memories of a time when players who hated each other beat the hell out of one another, literally.

Shaquille O'Neal #34 7'1 Center
Stats: 20.1 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1.3 apg, .47 spg, 1.71 bpg, 32.2 minutes per game, commits 3.65 fouls per game
Mav Relation: Mavs nearly had him in 1992 when they won the last game of the season, thus switching lottery positions with the Magic who received the first pick in the draft. 12 years later, Shaq wanted to come play for the Mavs, but Lakers refused to trade him inside the conference.
Personal Note: I've always been a big Shaq fan, and my love for Shaq went to a new level when I found out he was leaving messages on Cuban's answering machine when the Mavs were pursuing him saying things like "Hey, this is Jesse James. My wife wants to move to Dallas. Bring me down there." Absolutely hilarious. I hope he loses.

Gary Payton #20 6'4 Point Guard
Stats: 6.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1 spg, .18 bpg, nearly 38 years old playing 25 minutes a game
Mav Relation: None, but I'm sure there are stories
Personal Note: Has mediocre stats for someone who plays 25 minutes per game. People may say he lost a step, but I disagree. I think he's lost 2 steps.

James Posey #42 6'8 Guard/Forward
Stats: 7.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.1 apg, .69 spg, .13 bpg, 43% from 3-point range (63 of 83 attempts have been 3's)
Mav Relation: None
Personal Note: Wears high socks and is probably their best man off the bench. Can hit an open 3.

Wayne Simien #25 6'9 Forward
Stats: Has played 8 minutes in the entire playoffs.
Mav Relation: Mavs could have used pick traded in Pavel Podkolzin deal on Wayne Simien. Yeah, I'd also rather have a 7'5 project than a solid backup for Dirk. If only I made those future seeing glasses.
Personal Note: He's got a nice 'fro.

Dwyane Wade #3 6'4 Guard
Stats: 26.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 6.4 apg, 2.06 spg, 1.18 bpg, 51% from field
Mav Relation: None but will after this series
Personal Note: My favorite non-Mav and only person I'm not afraid to admit having a man-crush on. If I were to start an NBA team, I would pick this guy first because he's talented and humble enough to trust teammates. Most dangerous player on Heat. It's not going to be tough to root against him, but he so damn good.

Antoine Walker #8 6'9 Forward
Stats: 13.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.12 spg, .29 bpg, 34% from 3-point range (111 of 196 attempts are 3's)
Mav Relation: Played one season on the Mavs and single-handedly got the Mavs embarrassed by the Kings in the playoffs.
Personal Note: I can't stand this guy. He jacks up 3's, and he can't make them. He is more effective as a post up player. He's one of those players that when he's hot, he is willing to pass the ball, but when he can't find his shot, he'll shoot it all night long. Having said that, I am somewhat impressed that he has accepted third banana role in Miami.

Jason Williams #55 6'1 Point Guard
Stats: 9.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.6 apg, .71 spg, 0 bpg, 1.65 TO per game
Mav Relation: Player Sacramento gave up to get Mike Bibby who tortured the Mavs for 3 years.
Personal Note: Not many assists for starting point guard on a Pat Riley coached team, and he does have a pretty high assist-to-turnover ratio at nearly 2:1. Best thing about Williams? His nickname is the most racial one since de-segregation: White Chocolate.

Dorell Wright #1 6'8 Guard/Forward
Stats: Hasn't played in playoffs.
Mav Relation: None
Personal Note: I'm older than him by nearly 9 months!

So, there you have it, folks. Those are the Mav' opponents. I will use this as a base for my Finals preview which should be posted on Thursday afternoon.

Go Mavs!

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