Dwyane Wade – 7 points, 1 assist, 1 steal, 0 missed field goals
LeBron James – 8 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 0 missed field goals
Derrick Rose – 3 points, 3 turnovers, 2 fouls, 1 missed free throw, 2 missed field goals
The stats speak for themselves. Unfortunately I did not get to watch the epic comeback because last night was dinner with girlfriend night, but watching the clips this morning… It was amazing. When the Heat closed out the Celtics, that run was for LeBron. That was LeBron James saying fuck you to all the doubters as he conquered the biggest obstacle of his basketball career. This comeback last night was extraordinary, and it was a moment likened to Hakeem Olajuwon dominating David Robinson in his MVP season.
So it’s the Mavericks Heat rematch. The roles are kind of reversed because the Mavericks are the closest thing in the NBA to the 2006 Miami Heat. A group of savvy veterans on the tail end of their basketball playing prime, all with the desire for that elusive NBA title. I wished that Caron Butler was healthy for this series, but the Mavericks still have enough wing depth to do without him.
So what are some trends in the playoffs so far? With the exception of the Portland series, the Mavericks have been closing out their opponents a lot sooner than expected (if they were even expected to win the series at all), and for the Miami Heat, they have won every playoff series in 5 games… So it looks like it’s either Dallas in 4 or 5, or Miami in 5.
There have been a lack of Game 7s in this series… I’m going to say that Dallas takes this one in 7. LeBron successfully closes out 3 other games in this series but falls short in Game 7. Dallas wins the championship, Dirk and Kidd are happy.