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Basketball, Sports

Mavericks Wear The Crown

06.13.11 | Comment?

Well, they did it. The Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat to win the championship of the National Basketball Association. As I predicted, the Heat came our shooting and quickly took a nine point lead. Just as quickly, the Mavericks erased it and took a twelve point lead of their own.

But he Heat didn’t go away. Instead they ripped off a 14-0 run to retake the lead. From there it was back and forth for the rest of the first half. Dallas was ahead by two at the break, despite Dirk Nowitzky’s struggles. Miami managed the retake the lead in the opening – but just 16 seconds later the Mavs pulled ahead, and never trailed again.

A lot of people have suggested this is because some failing on the Heat’s part. I don’t buy it. Yeah, LeBron James tended to disappear in the fourth quarter, but this is a guy who once scored his team’s last 25 points to win a playoff game. He’s a good player and I think he’ll win a championship one day. He also seems to be a good person, which is just as important to me.

It did rub me the wrong way when he, along with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, celebrated before the season had even begun. It was arrogant and added a lot of pressure to win. In the end they played well, especially Wade, but got beat by a slightly better team.

The thing that most surprised me about this Mavs team was the way they covered up their definiciencies. Many of the their best offensive players, such as Jason Terry and J.J. Barea, are limited when playing defense, but they worked their butts off and Miami was rarely able to exploit them.

So all credit to Dallas, to owner Mark Cuban, coach Rick Carlisle (who did a great job), and especially to the players, who stuck together, played (superbly) the roles they were assigned, and knocked off a more talented team.

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