Game 4: Notes

Yes, I have a fever of 101 degrees. Your point?

Dirk wasn’t going to let anything hold him back from playing in this game. Not even a 100+ fever. He knew he had to carry his team and he did so in the last 20 seconds. The same play from game 2, just against Haslem and from the other side. He backed up, span around drove to the hoop and softly laid the ball in the net.

Dwyane on the other hand was cutting around the top of the perimeter. Mike Miller tossed the ball in, he grasps it lightly but lets it go. He sprints toward half-court and dives for the ball with determination.

He tosses the ball back and into the hands of Mike Miller. He throws up a prayer and the game ends. Dallas 86-Miami 83.

That was the difference in this game. When it counted one star player showed up while the other one dropped the ball. That’s not to say D-Wade had a bad game. Besides that fumble, he had the best game on the court. 32 points, 2 blocks and 6 rebounds. He put it all out there and can be proud of how he played. Sometimes the cards aren’t drawn the way we’d like.

As soon as the game started I noticed a different energy about Dallas. There was an extra umph to their game. Some extra swagger to their step. They were going crazy on defense, waving their hands around, moving quickly, covering everybody. They looked like a new team. For the first time this series it wasn’t just Dirk who was playing well it was the whole team. Shawn Marion was knocking down shots, Deshawn Stevenson was hitting threes, Jason Terry was flying down the runway, Tyson Chandler was thumping his chest, J.J Barea was even flipping up some reverse lay-ups. All this while holding Miami to 25% from the field. The depth that was supposed to kill Miami was suddenly playing some kick-ass basketball. Some basketball that brought a smile to my face.

The momentum is with them now. Tyson Chandler got his rage back inside, Jason Terry got some flight time, J.J Barea was doing his acrobatics and the crowd is hungrier and crazier then ever. It’s going to be hard for Miami to go to Dallas play a must win game against a crowd high on energy and a team high on momentum. It’ll be hard and Dallas has set themselves up very well for this pivotal game 5.

For Miami I was impressed with their countering skills. The game started off with Dallas dominating on defense, hustle and effort yet the score was still tied. That was all due to the calm, composed minds of the Miami Heat. They could see a more aggressive team but they didn’t back away, or play any less then they could. They fought back harder and finished the half up by two points. That shows me some improvement from the game 2 meltdown. Instead of giving up when they could they fought and fought and ended up with the lead for the first half. Unfortunately they lost the game, but from a development standpoint it shows an improvement in maturity and heart.

I also noticed that Lebron will be getting a lot more criticism from now on. After getting 8 points in a crucial game 4.

There is no elbow excuse now, even Erik Spoelstra says Lebron is physically fine. He just has to get more aggressive. He’s standing around the perimeter looking for teammates, or in the post looking for teammates. He is rarely jab stepping and getting ready for a drive or a jump-shot. Let’s not get Lechoke back Lebron, you and I both don’t want that name stuck on you. He has to be more aggressive for Miami to win this series. We’ve all seen what Lebron can do when he is at the top of his game. It’s just a matter of putting your concentration to it and dominating.

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