Finals: Game 2 Notes

It looked all but over. The Heat had a 15 point lead with 7 minutes to go. They have three all stars on their team and they were looking like they would cruise to the finish. Then after Dwyane’s big three, their hollywood that Joakim Noah talked about came out. There was the premature celebration, the punches, the cheering and everyone including myself believed it was over.

Never doubt a veteran team.

The Mavericks closed the game out on a 22-5 run, they came back and won the game by 2 points. Lebron and Wade had so many opportunities to finish the game off, but they played along the three point line and took rushed shots. This dates back to critique on their clutch play and their ability to finish games off. This is not just another game, they just lost game 2 of the finals. They could’ve had a 2-0 lead going into the three games in Dallas which are almost impossible to lose all three. They could’ve won the series in Dallas, or come back to Miami with a 3-2 lead. Now it’s basically 0-0. The first game means nothing. Nothing has happened except for the momentum shifting to the Mavericks.

This was a big let down for the Heat. They looked like they were coasting to an easy series, their superstar firepower was taking over and everyone thought this series was in the Heat’s hands. This is not the play we should be seeing from a champion. Champions don’t lose concentration for 7 minutes in game 2 of the finals, at home, with a 15 point lead. It’s not a champions type of game.

This game also showed us how persistent and valuable the veteran experience is on this team. They never gave up. They scored bucket after bucket and dug into the Heat defensively. It showed us that maybe a champion doesn’t have to have two or more stars on their team like the 2010 Lakers, or the 2008 Celtics, or the 2007 Spurs. All you need is will, heart and determination and that’s what got them back in this game.

To close out this game, they needed Dirk Nowitzki. His 9 points in the last 2 or so minutes showed Lebron what it takes to be a real champion. His late game antics, his shooting when it counted and his reading of the defence on the last possession won Dallas this game. Never mind his contest of Dwyane’s prayer shot at the end of the game.

This game showed us a lot about who we’re watching in the finals. A team that cruises after a lead,and a team that doesn’t give up until the buzzer sounds. Hmm, I wonder who will won the NBA championship.

7 thoughts on “Finals: Game 2 Notes

  1. Very good article here. I don’t think this Miami meltdown is a sign of things to come. It was a meltdown of epic proportions for sure but it still doesn’t take away from the fact that Miami has been the better team for a very large portion of this series. The Mavericks were lucky that the Heat let down for 7 minutes. Dirk Nowitzki was something else in those last few minutes and the Heat went back to their old ways earlier in the season of bad shots. It’s another lesson learned for the Miami Heat who have shown us all season that they do have the resilience to overcome these types of things. All the adversity has made them a better team and I don’t see why this will be any different. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you have to say. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/dirk-nowitzki-hasnt-been-good-enough/

    • I think it could be an epic mistake but if they lost focus with a 15 point lead and 7 minutes left in the biggest quarter of the game then you can tell where their mindset is when their in the lead. They’re coasting a bit, I think that’s an area of improvement for them. To not lose concentration or desire when they’re in the lead. I just commented on your post now, thanks for the comment.

  2. Good stuff Max. Love the personal touches in your Mavs-Heat article. Nowitzki is a beast, but he needs his teammates to step it up a notch. BTW, I’m new to blogging, how did you find my “Dirk” article? Thanks in advance bro!

    • I’m also new to blogging. I found your article through Chris Ross’ blog. You posted a comment there I think, I clicked on your name and loved your blog. If your looking for ways to get more viewers, I found that if you add lots of pictures people are attracted to visuals more then the writing itself. Also add lots of tags for each post. I’ll subscribe to your blog btw.

  3. Great point about what it takes to be a champion. I truly believe that it’s an overall team, and not a genetically engineered product with 3 all stars and veteran minimum contracts surrounding, to win a title. That has been my main motivation in seeing anyone but Miami win. Asides from the fact that LeBron gives us one reason after another to dislike him, of course. But right on with the veteran group not giving up when many teams would.

    • The heart of a champion is inside every single Maverick player, they never give up and mind over talent always wins. We’ll see how the Mavs and Heat fair in Dallas with the roudy texan fans cheering the Mavs on. The Heat better show true resilience tonight and not let another lead slide like that. Every possession counts. Do you have any tips for getting more views on the blog?

  4. This was a humbling loss for Miami, this should teach them a lesson. I think this could teach them something that they didn’t know before, and make them even better and even stronger. Heat in 6, I’m sticking with my prediction.

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