Soon after the Dallas Mavericks won game six of the NBA Finals, 105-95, the focus changed from the Mavericks celebration to the Miami Heat’s lost opportunity. Well first of all let me congratulate the Dallas Mavericks for an incredibly good team victory. Dirk Nowitzki finally has the monkey off his back, and he placed it squarely on the shoulders of LeBron James. In the end Dallas was just the better team.
Now we will turn to the better story, the Miami Heat. Last summer the Heat’s big three, when in reality it is a big two and a half, came together in a carefully orchestrated way. James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh got their wish to play together. They paraded around making boastful claims about winning seven or more titles. You half expected them to say they would win a World Series title, a Super Bowl, and the Iditarod in their off-season. They were brash and some people liked it, but most didn’t.
At times they looked good and you started to believe that they were destined to win the NBA title. They blew through the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls pretty easily. In game one of the finals they dominated the Mavericks and many people were talking about a sweep.
In game two they let a big lead slip away in the fourth quarter and the Mavericks showed they had a pulse. That is when the cracks began to appear. Game three another big lead slips away, but the Heat escaped with a win. It was around this time that James started hearing the whispers that he wasn’t contributing enough down the stretch. Game four another lead slipped through the Heat’s fingers and the Mavs win. By the time games five and six rolled around the Heat looked tight and the Mavericks took advantage and won.
Now looking back at Miami’s season you can say that it was a good run. I will come out and say that is was a failure. They had what they wanted right in front of them and they came up short. They were more talented than the Mavericks, but they didn’t gel the way they should have. Instead they stood around on the court looking lost, deflected questions from the media, lobbed insults at the Mavericks, and made fun of Dirk’s fever. The Heat’s true colors were exposed. The Heat got outplayed and outcoached, period.
It will now be a long offseason for the team. If they are smart they will take some time to reflect on what went wrong and keep their mouths closed. Maybe coach Erik Spoelstra gets replaced, just to shake things up. Maybe the team changes the pieces around the big three, though back at that same coming out party where they boasted about championships they claimed it didn’t matter who played with them. Until June 2012 rolls around it really doesn’t matter. The Heat need to win a title or have their words shoved back in their faces again. If you want to shoot off your mouth about how great you are, then when you fail you have to expect people will call you on it. Eat a little bit of crow boys and I hope you like it. Enjoy the off-season.
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