Dwyane Wade just found his purpose on this planet. It’s to destroy the Mavericks.
His performance in this series has been MVP like. 29 in game 1, 36 in game 2, 29 in game 3. He has dominated every defense that the Mavericks have thrown at him. It doesn’t matter, his purpose is to destroy the Mavericks and win 5 rings. He’s on his way with both. At the rate he’s at, at least.
It’s performances like that, that show a true leader. After the game 2 meltdown. Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem conducted a talk amongst the players for an extra hour then usual. It must have been during that hour where Dwyane decided he had to get the ball more often. Lebron got most of the touches in the 4th quarters.
He’s the one on the finals posters, he’s the one who is supposed to be one of the greatest of all time but it’s Wade who has shown his true talent and leadership this series.
In game 3, Dwyane came out attacking. He wasn’t settling for poor jump-shots like game 2. He attacked the paint like a mad man. Dunking, penetrating, taking people off the dribble. As soon as the game began, we could all tell this was a different D-Wade. A more focused, aggressive, determined player then the 2 previous games.
Besides D-Wade there was another member of the big three that stepped up when it really counted. No it wasn’t Lebron James.
I said before that this game was going to be the game for Chris Bosh to step up. He did. Throughout the game he was playing soft. He was pump faking instead of popping a jumper. He was playing nervous. Maybe it was the roudy, proud and loud Dallas fans or just the pressure of being the third biggest piece to a finals team. Something he’s never had to deal with.
It was 86, 86 there were about 45 seconds on the clock when Bosh took the biggest shot of his career. He was wide open on the baseline. He took the jumper, followed through and watched the shot fall through and give Miami the crucial lead, and the eventual victory. That was the shot that silenced the critics. Screw being soft, screw shying away from the spotlight, screw not producing. Chris Bosh is a ligit all-star, he didn’t get asked to play with Lebron and Wade because he was an inconsistent softy. He stepped up and that helped the Heat immensely.
The Heat did what they were supposed to do. They played lockdown defense, got their bench and stars to produce and won game 3. The most important game of the series so far.
The Mavericks deserve some serious credit. They played their best basketball of the season. Dirk scored 34. They held Miami under 90. They held Lebron to 20 points.
Then there is somethings they didn’t do too well. Handling D-Wade. There is something about D-Wade’s presence that makes the Mavs play scared defense. The perimeter defense play on their heels, and when he is intruding their paint they just put their arms up weakly and hope for a miss. No real defense is played on him. They need to do a better job of guarding him. Maybe double him as soon as he gets the ball instead of Lebron. Lebron gets mild numbers, and isn’t a dangerous threat like Wade has been this series.
Then the Mavericks have to take care of the turnovers. That’s what started up Wade’s momentum. It was open floor monster dunks that he got because of careless turnovers that the Mavericks have to pay more attention to.
Then the biggest thing. The Mavericks lack of offensive production.Dirk had 34 but the other starters had like 9 made shots. That’s not enough to win the NBA finals. They’re playing against the most offensively talented team in the NBA, and if they can’t even produce more then 60 points from starters only then why even keep playing. It’s not just the starters it’s the bench as well.
They still haven’t realized where they are and what they’re playing for. The NBA finals, the biggest stage in basketball. They have to produce some points. It doesn’t have to be monster production, but c’mon, score the ball. That’s how you win the game, by getting the ball in the net. That’s what they have to do to win this series.