He stepped up. Just not enough, it wasn’t enough. A regular triple-double of 10 assists, 10 rebounds and only 17 points were how he responded to his meltdown.
He wasn’t as aggressive as I expected him to be. Those 10 assists show that, and his 17 points. He only attempted 2 free throws this game. It just shows you that against a tough defense, Lebron chooses to settle instead of attacking the hoop like he should.
I noticed that in this game Dallas came out ready to play. They were prepared, they were energetic and they were wild on defense. They started the game forcing turnovers and not giving up the easy lane to the basket. That was the beginning of their road to victory. Dirk made his first two shots from the field and his first two free throws.
Dirk was in a rythm.
Jason Terry started to look for his offense.
Shawn Marion was getting out in transition.
Everything was going well for the Mavericks, yet Miami was still persevering. Lebron was playing more aggressive, and the role players were helping him out.
This game was close. Closer then some games that have been played in the NBA Finals so far. Then the 4th quarter rolled around. People sat up in their seats, people put their drinks down, they started biting their nails, kids all around america begged their parents to stay up a bit longer, analysts looked more intensely at Lebron James and the Miami Heat, and Dirk Nowitzki and Lebron got ready. Here it was, the biggest game of their lives so far. The most important 12 minutes of their life so far. To put it all out there is an understatement, to do anything it takes to win sounds about right. This is the place where legends are made, and chokers are established. This is the place that Dirk has made a name for himself as one of the most clutch players in history, while Lebron has made a name for himself as the one who chokes. This was the moment for one of them to take their team to victory.
It started off like most 4th quarters. Close and tense. Until Dallas made a little run and then Miami made a comeback run, and it went back and forth until about 2 minutes in the quarter when Dirk span baseline and dunked the ball in to ignite the crowd and his teammates. Then Jason Kidd hit a big three and Jason Terry hit a big three the next possession. Then it was over. The Mavericks 4th quarter antics got them the win.
Lebron James on the other hand scored 2 points in the 4th quarter. Only 2 points in the game which was supposed to be the biggest of his career. If that’s how he treats the biggest quarter of the biggest game of his career then I am not looking forward to his career developing at all.
If Game 6 goes the same way. If Dirk’s supporting cast of Tyson Chandler, Jason Terry, J.J Barea, Jason Kidd, and Shawn Marion can score 62 points again. Then it will go very smoothly for Dallas, and their title hopes. If Miami can’t get Lebron to attack the paint and get to the line then the series will be done in 6 games.